The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

Ken Liv­ing­stone is cred­ited in the JC Power 100 with his sup­port for the Lon­don Charedi com­mu­nity’s hous­ing needs ( JC, April 25). It is true that he has made pos­i­tive pub­lic state­ments and that his of­fi­cials have been pre­pared to en­gage with the com­mu­nity on this ground-break­ing project. The credit for this is largely due to the per­sis­tent ef­forts of the Lon­don Jewish Fo­rum which have forced the Stam­ford Hill hous­ing cri­sis high up the agenda of Lon­don’s se­nior politi­cians.

Thanks to the LJF’s lob­by­ing this is­sue now en­joys all-party sup­port, so whether it is Ken or Boris who is in­stalled in County Hall af­ter May 1, the op­por­tu­nity to solve a press­ing prob­lem for a sig­nif­i­cant sec­tion of Lon­don’s Jewish com­mu­nity re­mains on the ta­ble.

As Me­nachem Be­gin and Yitzchak Rabin proved, you have to find ways of work­ing with peo­ple you don’t agree with or even like.

Now that the de­bat­ing and can­vass­ing is over and the votes counted, the real work ad­dress­ing the fu­ture hous­ing needs of Lon­don’s Charedi com­mu­nity can be­gin. David Leven­son Board Mem­ber, Agu­das Is­rael Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Lord­ship Road, Lon­don N16

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