Opinion: For Your Diary

29 June: Local Government Group annual conference Birmingham. Speakers at the two-day conference will include Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Andrew Lansley.

30 June: IMF appoints new MD. The IMF is expected to appoint Dominique Strauss-Kahn's replacement. French finance minister Christine Lagarde and Central Bank of Mexico governor Agustin Carstens are shortlisted.

1 July: Bribery Act comes into force. The legislation introduces a corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery and a criminal offence of giving or receiving a bribe.

4 July: Hampton Court Palace Flower Show press day. The preview evening of the show.

5 July: Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition Carlton House Terrace, London. The exhibition runs until 10 July and includes a film narrated by Sir David Attenborough exploring the world of marine plankton.

6 July: 2018 Winter Olympics host city named. Shortlisted candidates are Pyeongchang in South Korea, Annecy in France and Munich in Germany.

11 July: British Chambers of Commerce Economic Survey. The largest private quarterly survey of businesses in the UK.

13 July: Daycare Trust's annual holiday childcare costs survey. The annual insight into the cost and availability of holiday childcare in Britain.

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