Yee Jenn Jong (Non-constituency MP) and I attended a meeting with Lord Peter Mandelson at Parliament House yesterday (20 September 2011). Also in attendance were Mr Antony Phillipson (British High Commissioner to Singapore), Teo Ser Luck (Minister of State for Trade and Industry) and Irene Ng (MP for Tampines, who chaired the meeting), as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Parliament Secretariat.
Lord Mandelson, together with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, was one of the key architects of the reform of the British Labour Party in the 1980s and 90s to what is now known as “New Labour”. He served as a Cabinet minister under both prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and also as European Commissioner for Trade. He is visiting Singapore under the auspices of the Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship and will be giving a public lecture at the LKY School of Public Policy later today.
We had a lively discussion about both British and Singapore politics. Lord Mandelson had the benefit of hearing two contrasting perspectives of the latter!