Jonathan Fryer

Liberal Democrat Friends of Brazil

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 7th September, 2011

As today is Brazilian Independence Day it’s a fitting moment to promote the new Liberal Democrat Friends of Brazil, whose steering group met at my house last night. There are several Brazilian nationals who are members of the party as well as people like me who either have Brazilian partners or else longstanding relations with the country. The idea of the group is to further knowledge in this country about theĀ Brazilian economy, culture and politics, as well as encouraging greater UK-Brazil trade. Britain used to be a major ecnomic force in South America in the 19th centuy and early 20th century, but has been overtaken by others in most countries in the region, which isĀ  a shame, to put it mildly. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, did go to Brazil earlier this year, accompanied by other government figures, and Taunton LibDem MP Jeremy Browne is the Minister at the Foreign and Commonwelath Office with responsibility for Latin America. So there is solid ground on which to build. LibDem Friends of Brazil will have a modest presence at the Party conference in Birmingham later this month and members who would be interested in getting involved are invited to contact david.nsimmons@btopenworld.com

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