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Amended copy - Strictly embargoed until 22:00 19 may 2010 - Theresa May statement on Asian Women of Achievement Awards

Amended copy - Strictly embargoed until 22:00 19 may 2010 - Theresa May statement on Asian Women of Achievement Awards

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 19 May 2010

Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality this evening presented the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards:

"Tonight’s winners and the hundreds of nominations show the immense contribution that Asian women make to life in this country. Every one of these women is a role model, not just for women and equality, but for Britain’s economic competitiveness and prosperity.

"As we navigate our way out of recession we need to utilise the talent and potential of women like this. Now more than ever we need more women and more Asian women leaders and entrepreneurs. Creating an environment where we can develop that talent and tap that potential is at the heart of the Coalition Government’s priority for women."

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