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Ex-Brexit minister Kwarteng to join explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and BBC's Naga Munchetty at Coventry and Warwickshire conference

Editorial Correspondent 25th Oct, 2019 Updated: 25th Oct, 2019

A GOVERNMENT business minister who was recently Brexit minister will be speaking at a Coventry and Warwickshire conference next month.

Kwasi Kwarteng MP will speak alongside previously billed explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Naga Munchetty, the BBC Breakfast journalist recently embroiled in a row about BBC standards after her comments about US president Donald Trump and immigration.

Mr Kwarteng, minister for business, energy and clean growth, completes the line-up for the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Economic Conference on Friday, November 15 at DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry.

He was previously a minister at the Department of Exiting the European Union (DExEU).

Other business figures and civic leaders will also take to the stage to consider the economic outlook for companies across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The conference, sponsored by WCG and supported by the Coventry & Warwickshire Careers Hubs, will hear from keynote speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE – the record-breaking expedition leader, the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by foot.

There will be an interview session with host Ms Munchetty. Public reaction last month forced a re-think after BBC complaints chiefs had found her to be in breach of the public service broadcaster’s editorial code. She had been invited to comment on-air about Mr Trump’s characteristically controversial remarks concerning his opponents returning to their countries of origin.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This year’s line-up features a great mix of speakers and is one of our best yet.”

An economic panel will be led by Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, who will be joined by Steve Harcourt, director at Prime Accountants Group; Mark Berrisford-Smith, head economist at HSBC Commercial Banking; Jonathan Browning, chair of Coventry and Warwickshire LEP; and Sarah Pullen, Managing Director of Reach Plc.

Also on the bill are Angela Joyce, chief executive of WCG, Professor John Latham, Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, Martin Reeves, chief executive of Coventry City Council, and Monica Fogarty, chief executive of Warwickshire County Council.

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