The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region (JRC) last night hosted Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy MP in conversation with JRC Chair Mark Adlestone OBE DL for our first in-person event in over 18 months.
Ms Nandy is the most senior Labour frontbencher to have publicly engaged with the Jewish community since Sir Keir Starmer became Labour Leader and the Equality & Human Rights Commission published its report which found that the previous Labour leadership had broken equality law against its Jewish members.
Lisa Nandy reiterated the Labour Party’s support for a negotiated two state solution and her opposition to the BDS movement. She also used the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing the country since UK troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan and singled out JLC member World Jewish Relief in their efforts to assist refugees through the resettlement programme.
Addressing concerns around the United Nations’ disproportionate focus on Israel, Ms Nandy for the first time suggested that Labour agrees with the government’s position of voting against all item 7 motions at the UN Human Rights Council. Item 7 is the only permanent agenda item dedicated to condemning a single country. Lisa Nandy also supported the government’s decision to not attend the 20th anniversary Durban conference this September, stating: “We shouldn’t be supporting the promotion of antisemitism.”
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy MP said:
“It was great to join the JLC and JRC at this evening’s event. I was delighted to be able to listen to members of the Jewish community tonight. Only by listening can we rebuild the trust we so desperately need to have.”
Mark Adlestone OBE DL, Chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region said:
“It was an absolute privilege to host Lisa. We asked the important questions that are of critical importance to the Jewish community in Greater Manchester and across the country. I am delighted with Lisa’s open and forthright responses to our questions. We are fortunate to have an excellent and longstanding relationship with Lisa and look forward to working closely together.”
Marc Levy, JLC North West Regional Manager & Chief Executive of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region said:
“Over the many years I have known Lisa, she has been an outspoken and strong supporter of the Jewish community. I am delighted that Lisa agreed to come and speak with us this last night.”