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12 May, 2016 - 11:45

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The Ladies Luncheon committee invite you to the annual Katharine House Hospice Ladies Luncheon, on Thursday 12th May 2016 at The Ingestre Suite, Staffordshire County Showground from 11.45 am.

This year, we are very excited to be joined by guest speaker Edwina Currie.

Edwina Currie has had three successful careers so far!  She became one of the nation's best known MP's and served in Margaret Thatcher's government 1986-88, in the Department of Health.  She became famous for her campaigns on heart disease, women's cancer screening and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.  She was also involved in the first AIDS campaign in the UK that saved many lives.  She was voted "Speaker of the Year 1990" and awarded "Campaigner of the Year 1994" in the Spectator Paliamentarian Awards.  She resigned over food safety (salmonella) in December 1988, and turned down John Major's request to return to government in 1992.

In all Edwina Currie has published eleven books.  She started with non-fiction, then turned to novels which were instant best sellers in the UK.  Her Diaries 1978-92 and 1992-1997 have been called "The best account of the experience of being a woman in British politics".

Career number three started after the General Election in 1997 which brought Tony Blair to power.  Edwina lost her seat, and was promptly offered a job by the BBC.  For many years she has been a well-known radio and TV presenter and performer.  For five years she had her own very successful radio programme, Late Night Currie, with live phone-ins and reportage on topical issues.  In 2004 Edwina won BBC TV's Celebrity Mastermind and also appeared on Hell's Kitchen with chef Gordon Ramsay.  Numerous other celebrity shows she appeared in include Eggheads, Weakest Link, Come Dine with Me and Strictly Come Dancing 2011.  In 2014 she featured in ITV's "I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here!" which won the 2015 National Television Award for Most Popular Entertainment.


Edwina has been called "the best communicator the Tories have", and "a brash and energetic life force".  Her life to date has been summed up by fellow writer and MP Sir Julian Critchley: "Edwina Currie has a brass neck, a silver tongue and a golden pen".


We are extremely grateful to Edwina Currie for giving up her time to be our guest speaker at the Ladies Luncheon 2016.

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Tickets cost £30 per ticket and include a sparkling cocktail reception, and two course lunch.

 To book your place call 01785 270808 or click here.

 Ladies Luncheon is kindly sponsored by Hixon Airfield Services