That was the week that was

It has been a momentous week. Robbie Williams’ new LP became the 1,000th number one in the album charts Nigella Lawson’s life was ripped apart, again. And Scotland’s First Minister, and his faithful deputy, published their prospectus for breaking up the United Kingdom. Scotland’s Future is 670 pages long. And every one of those pages […]

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Two invitations in one day

I got not one, but two, invitations today. Most unusual. The first was to speak, with my new comrade Kate Higgins, at the Women in Parliament dinner next week. I immediately said yes, even though it meant rearranging a trip to Leeds to spend time with my husband. I may not be in frontline politics […]

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Women on top

Dr Margaret Sutherland (r) and me (l) with Alice Harding Shackleford, UN Women’s country representative in Malawi. Fifteen good women (and one good bloke) had a great conversation yesterday in Glasgow, discussing gender equality, Malawi, patriarchy and, of course, the glorious sunshine. Little known fact. It was warmer yesterday in Blantyre, Scotland than Blantyre, Malawi.

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