Mor­ris Bright makes lo­cal pol­i­tics a fam­ily busi­ness

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

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.

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