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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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An evening with Harriet Harman, and Bill Gates

Posted by davidburbage on October 18, 2010

It isn’t every day you get to shake hands with the (currently) second richest man in the world.

[Note to self, next time, get a decent camera with the mobile phone]

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the London launch of Living Proof, which is a campaign to spread the good word about international aid and how much it is achieving – with no small thanks to the Gates Foundation, other donors, organisations such as Rotary International and numerous charities. The UK – Andrew Mitchell was also there and spoke afterwards – was thanked by Mr and Mrs Gates for the sensible and significant investment that we’ve made over the years, and specifically for the ongoing pledge to keep investment levels up. He got a specific namecheck for the good work of the Coalition Government.

Elimination of polio is on the horizon – only four countries left – and malaria is already much reduced. These are smart philanthopists. . . .

Also present was a friend and local Maidonian who was adept at getting a few words with those who mattered – so I got to chat with Melinda – and briefly Bill – at the reception afterward.

Great location for a function, the Science Museum. Just a pity they’re digging up Exhibition Road!

Update : here is the live webcast of the event. It gets going about 21 minutes in.

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