Challenging the Recession: Programme

Challenging the Recession – Can we change the Economy? Yes, we can!

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 11am – House of Commons
Grand Committee Room

After 10 years of Forum meetings with topics ranging from what has been contributing to the CAUSES of monetary problems to the EFFECTS of these problems on financial levels in the regulatory environment, this one addresses current problems and suggested solutions, at whatever level of influence we may have. Our panel of speakers will be open for dialogue, so that constituents won’t feel isolated and powerless:

Lord Sudeley, co-founder of the Forum at the House of Lords in 1998: after his great-grandfather was made bankrupt by Lloyds Bank in 1893 and his grandmother’s will was executed to the detriment of the heirs, Lord Sudeley who will highlight how grouping complaints changed the law in the 15th century. His Wikipedia entry is on,_7th_Baron_Sudeley

Austin Mitchell MP for Grimsby, Chairman of the Forum since 2005, received the Attwood Award in 2008 for his constant commitment to monetary reform during his time as MP, not Old Labour but positive geriatric, as he writes on his blog on

Derek Wyatt MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey, was a Labour councillor for Archway in North London before being elected in 1997. In 2004, Derek was voted one of the top 100 internet visionaries, and his website has won three international awards. He formed the All Party Internet Group in 1997, and merged three IT Groups into the All Party Communications Group.

Michael Grimsdale ACIB, Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, was in banking for 26 years with Lloyds and TSB, leaving as a manager in 1993. He now works freelance as a business advisor and consultant, visiting accountants, solicitors and banks on behalf of his clients. In this process, he has encountered so many wrong-doings that he wants to create the Foundation for Change to guarantee access to lawyers for people who are refused legal aid and have no funds left to fight their cases.

Abdallah Homouda is a political scientist who has been working in Britain and Egypt as a highly respected journalist and TV commentator. He has attended many Forum meetings and is particularly interested in attempts to introduce the merits of Islamic economics within the efforts to reform Western capitalism.

The meeting will be recorded on video, and participation will be on a first come, first serve basis. The meeting is sponsored by Bartercard and will be facilitated by the organiser Sabine K McNeill who was a software diagnostician at CERN where the web was born, before coming to London in 1981. As an experienced event organiser and passionate networker, she started the first LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) in London which taught her about the principles and governance of the issuing of currency. Since 1996 she developed innovative software methods and set up her company 3D Metrics.

Right after Budget Day, the audience will be composed from a number of contact lists, including the Singapore Business Group and the signatories of the Forum’s online petitions:

Stop the Cash Crumble to Equalize the Credit Crunch

and Financial Fairness for Voters and Taxpayers, please!

Please email if you want to attend.


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