Friday, February 08, 2008

An Audience with Baroness Shirley Williams.

Yesterday evening the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Shirley Williams came and spoke for a CathSoc evening. After a very informative introduction from Marc Remedios, the Baroness took to the lectern. She began by talking about her faith and why she is a Roman Catholic, enlightening us with some of her own family history and background. She then moved onto politics and spoke about issues such as the poor and refugees. Baroness Williams left a long period of time for a question and answer session which she seemed to enjoy immensley. It soon became apparent that we were with a woman of faith and political conviction. The questions from students were very well put and helped bring up some very interesting debate. Clare Groom led the vote of thanks, and presented Baroness Williams with a small gift as a token of our appreciation. It was great to see so many 'non-Newman housers' as well as plenty of residents at the event. After her speech she dashed off to catch her train back home and left students to enjoy drinks and nibbles at the bar. Baroness Williams told students afterwards that she had really enjoyed her eveing with us. Indeed we were honoured to have her!

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