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Spanish premiership candidate to speak at LSE

Joaquín Almunia, General Secretary of the Spanish Socialist Party PSOE, and a candidate for the premiership, will be giving a lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Tuesday 25 January.

Sñr Almunia will be speaking in Spanish on Social democratic options for the next century to an audience of students, academics and members of the public.

The lecture has been organised by LSE in association with its specialist research centre, the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies at LSE.

Sñr Almunia served as Minister for Labour and Social Security, and then as Minister for Public Administration in the Spanish Government from 1982 until March 1991.  He is currently campaigning for the premiership (elections to take place in March 2000).

The lecture, given in Spanish, will take place at 6.30pm in LSE's Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych, London WC2A. The event is free.

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Note to Editors:

A limited number of seats will be reserved for media at the lecture. Please contact Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, to reserve a ticket on 020 7955 7582.

Biography details:

Joaquín Almunia: Born in Bilbao, June 17th, 1948. Married, two children. Degrees in Law and Economics in Deusto University. Associate Professor of Labour and Social Security Law at Alcalá de Henares University. Secretary General of PSOE (Worker Socialist Party of Spain), elected at 34th Congress, June 1997. Appointed candidate to the Presidency of Government for the General Elections that will be taken in March 2000, July 1999. Elected PSOE Member of Parliament in March 1979. Re-elected in 1982, 1986, 1989 and 1996. Chairman of the Socialist Parliamentary Group. Appointed Minister of Labour and Social Security, December 1982, in Felipe González's Cabinet until July 1986. Appointed Minister of Public Administration, where he served from 1986 until March 1991.

11 January 2000

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