June 1999

No 104

A former Government minister and graduate of Leicester University is returning to the campus for meetings with senior staff and to discuss the advances in teaching and research made by the University.

Michael Jack, MP for Fylde, gained a BA in Economics and MPhil in Transport Economics from Leicester University. He returned to the University during its Jubilee Year to participate in the BBC Any Questions.

On Wednesday 16 June, Mr Jack will retrace his footsteps as a student and visit the Department of Economics, as well as seeing more of the University. He will visit the Space Research Centre, Department of Surgery and the Centre for Mechanisms of Human Toxicity.

He will meet with Vice-Chancellor Dr Kenneth Edwards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Beeby as well as departmental heads.

Dr Edwards said: "We are delighted to welcome Michael Jack back to Leicester. Leicester University is proud that there are a number of graduates who have become MPs, some of whom are very long serving. Michael Jack has been in Parliament since his election in 1987 and during that time has been a Government Minister. Throughout that period he has maintained an interest in his old University."

During an earlier visit, Mr Jack said: "Leicester equipped me extremely well for life, for instance the mental rigour and the discipline of study. It led to a successful business career and then a successful political career. My time was certainly not wasted here."

Mr Jack has served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and was Shadow Health Minister. He is a former Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Minister of State for the Home Office and for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

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