12th February 2003




Students at the University of Lincoln will have the opportunity to quiz the Europe Minister when he visits the Brayford Pool campus at the end of this month.


Dr Denis MacShane will spend the day in Lincoln and Nottingham and will spend an hour talking to students and answering their questions.


With a number of European issues high on the news agenda at present – including the new draft EU constitution and Britain’s proposed membership of the single European currency – students are likely to be full of questions for the Minister for Europe.


Dr MacShane, who is MP for Rotherham, will be at the University of Lincoln from 10am until 10.45am on Thursday 27th February. Before his campus visit he will open a new business centre at Oak House on Waterside South in Lincoln and launch the Lincolnshire Broadband project to supply broadband services to Lincolnshire’s businesses.


The two projects have received £7.4 million of funding from the European Union.


He worked as a producer for the BBC from 1969 to 1977 and was then Policy Director for the International Metal Workers’ Federation from 1980-92. He was Director of the European Policy Institute from 1992 until 1994.


Dr MacShane is unusual amongst Labour MPs in that in addition to academic qualifications (an MA from Oxford and a PhD from London University) he has a deep knowledge of the economic and social policy frameworks of other countries and is an adviser to British and North American trades unions on European and international affairs.

He was elected as MP for Rotherham in a by-election in 1994. In June 1997 he was named Parliamentary Private Secretary to Foreign Office Ministers and since 2001 he has been chair of the Fabian Society. He was made Minister for Europe in October 2002.


His visit to Lincoln is part of a series of regional visits which aim to raise public

awareness of the benefits of the UK's membership of the European Union.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)            email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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