Daniel Pruce

Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

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21st January 2016 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

The Pioneering Spirit of British Business

I was very pleased to be able to welcome a group of over 20 smaller British companies to the Embassy this week. They were each highly successful in the UK in their particular sectors and were each looking to broaden their horizons and develop their business in Spain. Here in the Embassy we have an […]

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22nd December 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

The UK meets its promise to resettle 1,000 refugees before Christmas

During the Kosovo crisis in 1999 I saw at first hand the tens of thousands of Kosovar Albanian refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring countries. It showed me the utter misery of being a refugee, fleeing for your life, with your barest possessions, struggling to look after your loved ones, facing uncertainty and vulnerability. Those memories […]

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10th December 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

Why promoting human rights will remain an important part of my career

I gave a radio interview yesterday. Unexpectedly I was asked why I had joined the British Diplomatic Service 25 years ago. In the midst of my off-the-cuff answer I found myself talking about the opportunity to serve, the opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the chance to make a small contribution […]

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6th November 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

The UK’s commitment to Business and Human Rights

On 4 November I had the pleasure of speaking in Bilbao about the importance of Business and Human Rights at the III Conference on “Gestión responsable en Derechos Humanos por parte de las empresas” which was organised by Sonrisas de Bombay, Business and Human Rights, The Rights Factory and Deusto Business School. The UK Government’s […]

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19th August 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

What’s it like working in a British Embassy?

Spain receives the largest number of UK visitors anywhere in the world, by a long shot: around 15m last year. We have around 300,000 British nationals registered as living here permanently. And we work closely with Spain on a whole host of important bilateral and global issues. We are a great example of dynamic diplomacy […]

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24th July 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

Great performance by King Solomon Academy Orchestra at La Paz Hospital

On 6 July, I had the pleasure to introduce a concert by the King Solomon Academy Orchestra at La Paz Hospital in Madrid. The British Embassy has a long and happy relationship with La Paz Hospital, including hosting an annual Christmas party for the children who are patients there. They have also designed the official […]

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6th July 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

Three thoughts on ambition, hunger and impact

I spent a lot of March, April, May and June preparing, discussing, drafting, revising, finalising, submitting, quality controlling and validating staff performance appraisals. I reckon I was involved in well over 100. I know many of my colleagues will have worked on many, many more. It’s important work so it has to be rigorous, transparent […]

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19th June 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

“The girls were shared out among the men, we were not free,” says sexual assault survivor

Florence Ayot was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda when she was nine years old. “I was given to a Major and forced to be his slave. If I didn’t do what they ordered, they beat me,” says Florence in the documentary The War Against Women. “The most painful thing was that the girls […]

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24th March 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

The importance of the Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights

The key role of business is to generate investment, employment and economic growth. But we also need to think about how business operates and the importance and impact that they may have on reducing poverty through the creation of jobs. This, in turn, can be achieved by providing access to knowledge and technology, and by […]

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18th February 2015 Madrid, Spain

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

About British Scientists in Spain

I’ve blogged before about Science and Diplomacy.  For the UK, science is a real force for generating economic growth, fostering collaboration between international partners and improving living standards everywhere. That’s why we have a network of Science and Innovation officers working in our embassies around the world, including here in Madrid: Spain is an important […]

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