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Political heavyweights to face business community's questions at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce event

20 November 2023
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Theresa May, David Blunkett and Caroline Bearder

Political heavyweights Theresa May, David Blunkett and Caroline Bearder will face questions from members of the business community at a Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce event this month.

The Parliamentary Question Time is being staged by the Chamber's Thames Valley Assembly.

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly Economic Survey shows businesses feeling more positive

Topics covered will include skills and talent retention, infrastructure investment, net-zero, and international trade and inward investment.

Theresa Mary served as prime minister from 2016 to 2019. MP for Maidenhead since 1997 and was home secretary for six years until her elevation to PM in 2016.

David Blunkett was Labour's home secretary from 2001 to 2004. He also served as secretary of state for work and pensions in 2005 and secretary of state for education and employment from 1997 to 2001. An MP until 2015, he now sits in the House of Lords.

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A former Oxfordshire county councillor, Catherine Bearder was an MEP for South East England between 2009 and 2020, and served as leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament between 2014 and 2019.

The event will be hosted at the University of Reading on Thursday, November 30 from 1.30pm to 3pm.


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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