Morris Bright makes local politics a family business
SERVING ON the council is a bit of a family business for Morris Bright. The 41-year-old has just been made leader of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire after eight years on the council, including six months as deputy leader.
“Local politics must be in my blood,” he tells People. “My grandfather, Morris Blitz, was a Labour councillor for the Borough of Hackney, and its first Jewish Mayor back in the 1950s. My father, Jack, also served as a Hackney councillor, but for the Liberal party. And now I’m a councillor in Hertsmere for the Tories. Three generations and three different parties — that has to be something of a record.”
Councillor Bright will be responsible for the council’s overall strategy in an area which covers some of Hertfordshire’s most densely populated Jewish communities, including Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey and Radlett. He believes Jews have a duty to ensure their communities are represented at all levels of government. A governor of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, where his two children attend, he is a member of both Borehamwood United Synagogue and Edgware Masorti.