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British Portuguese ties in London

GUEST SPEAKER at the Anglo-Portuguese Society (APS) annual dinner dance at London’s Landmark Hotel, Dr. Francisco Pinto Balsemão spoke, of his personal ties with the UK, recalling his meetings with James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, Lord Carrington and his involvement with the British press.

Spanning journalism, television and politics, Pinto’s career also saw him lead Portugal as Prime Minister between 1981 and 1983. His flagship newspaper, O Expresso, was inspired, he said, by British Sunday papers and his television company, SIC, “uses a lot of British content from BBC programmes.”

The dinner dance was attended by around 200 members with several travelling from Portugal especially for the event, among them the society’s honorary vice-president, Dr José Pearce de Azevedo.

The society was created in London over 70 years ago to promote cultural relations between the two countries.

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