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University of Bradford to host Diane Abbott MP as keynote speaker in first of regional roundtable events

28 October 11

The first black woman elected to the British Parliament, Diane Abbott MP, will be the keynote speaker at a the first of a series of regional roundtable event focusing on BME women's health, held at The University of Bradford on today.

Diane will speak in her capacity as Shadow Minister for Public Health for the parliamentary Labour party at this roundtable discussion event convened by the Black and Minority Ethnic Women's Health and Well-being initiative and hosted at the University's School of Health Studies.

The Regional Roundtable discussions have been arranged to provide a cross disciplinary forum for policymakers, practitioners, researchers and community and voluntary groups to discuss and engage with health and social issues that disproportionately impact BME women.

Shirley Congdon, Dean of the University's School of Health Studies, will provide a context as to how the University's practitioner qualifications seek to address the issues raised. Alongside this there will be an opportunity for delegates to quiz Diane on her understanding of the issues contributing to health inequalities and BME women in Britain.

Shirley Congdon, Dean of the School of Health Studies and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, said: "It is fantastic that the University is playing host to a wide range of groups and individuals concerned with properly identifying and tackling health related inequalities in BME women. I look forward to Diane’s keynote speech, and the no doubt interesting and informative debate her experience and knowledge as a public figure will generate."

28 October 11

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