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Adie in battle to attend speaking engagement

Kate AdieFormer television war correspondent Kate Adie faced one of her toughest battles – trying to get to a speaking engagement in Edinburgh.

Ms Adie, who has reported from troubled regions in the Middle East and Africa, was held up north of Grantham when rail services were hit by damage to power lines.

 She was on her way to speak at the Ambition & Growth Conference and dinner at the Sheraton, hosted by business angel group Investing Women.

The current presenter of BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, was in danger of missing the event and disappointing 160 female entrepreneurs and other delegates.

However, her train eventually limped in to Waverley and PR man Bill Shaw was on hand to whisk her to her engagement.

She spoke about her own experiences as a war correspondent and the changing role women are playing in many areas of public life, including their growing influence within the business community.

While Ms Adie arrived in time to deliver her address, Shadow chancellor John McDonnell was not so lucky. The chaos forced him to miss a recording of the BBC’s Question Time programme in Sunderland.

Mr Shaw, who helped ensure the show went on at the Sheraton, missed his dinner, arriving in time for the sorbet. “It was all in a good cause,” he said.

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