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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy Birthday

Belated birthday greetings to Mrs Adelaine Hain, who was eighty years young yesterday. Mrs Hain, whose son is of course the MP for Neath, Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Labour deputy Leadership contender and one of my constituents, celebrated the big day as guest of honour at a reception in South Africa House.

This was of course the same place where, in the 1970s, she used to lead protests against the apartheid regime in her beloved homeland. Her courage and that of her family in standing up to the South African Government on matters of deep principle was quite remarkable.

I met her for the first time a few months ago at an Amnesty International Event in Neath and found her to be pleasant, friendly and very agreeable. She has led a remarkable life and still has a great deal more to contribute. Happy Birthday, Mrs Hain.
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