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Former colleagues reunited at graduation ceremony

The degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred on him by Lord Wakeham, the Chancellor of Brunel University.

The affection between the two Conservative peers who worked together in Margaret Thatcher's and John Major's governments was palpable. Lord Wakeham said, “We hold each other in high regard, not only as colleagues, but as friends.“ He also joked that he had had no influence on the decision by the university to award Lord Hurd an honour.
Douglas Hurd praised the work of the Magna Carta Institute at Brunel University, and told the new graduates that he now “felt part of the Brunel 'family.'“

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Lord Hurd (left) receiving his honorary doctorate from Lord Wakeham
Lord Hurd speaking at the Brunel University graduation ceremony