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The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

THE LONDON Jewish Forum has listed its pri­or­i­ties a month ahead of London’s may­oral elec­tion.

The “Man­i­festo for Jewish London” in­cludes rec­om­men­da­tions for com­mu­nity se­cu­rity and tack­ling ex­trem­ism on London cam­puses, as well as a look at the fu­ture of “cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate” care for the el­derly, in recog­ni­tion of the fact that 13 per cent of Jewish Lon­don­ers are over 75, com­pared to the city av­er­age of six per cent.

The man­i­festo also de­tails the chal­lenges of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able homes, par­tic­u­larly to de­prived mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and the Charedi com­mu­nity of Stam­ford Hill. A sec­tion is ded­i­cated to ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments, plan­ning for faith schools, and fund­ing for Jewish cul­tural ini­tia­tives.

“The Mayor of London and the London bor­oughs have real power and in­flu­ence which can be used to ad­dress con­cerns,” said Peter Ma­son, di­rec­tor of the LJF. “We’re re­ally keen now to hear what the po­lit­i­cal par­ties have to say on these con­cerns and look for­ward to work­ing with the win­ning can­di­date.

“Some of these is­sues and con­cerns are shared with London’s wider com­mu­nity,” he added. “By work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties across the city, we will play our part in de­liv­er­ing a co­he­sive, in­clu­sive and tol­er­ant London that all com­mu­ni­ties can en­joy.”

The chair of the LJF, Adrian Co­hen said that vot­ers faced a “big decision on the fu­ture of our city” on May 3. “The im­por­tance of the London may­oral and Assem­bly elec­tions can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated in terms of their im­por­tance to the lives of Lon­don­ers.

“With lo­cal gov­ern­ment tak­ing on in­creased re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the lo­cal­ism agenda, this man­i­festo will pro­vide the ba­sis of a re­newed and on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tion with City Hall and town halls to en­sure our elected of­fi­cials and public ser­vants un­der­stand and are re­spon­sive to our con­cerns.”

May­oral can­di­dates Boris John­son, Ken Liv­ing­stone, Brian Pad­dick and Siob­han Benita have ac­cepted of­fers to meet mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity be­fore the elec­tion in or­der to dis­cuss the points raised by the LJF.

The LJF has also con­tacted Green Party can­di­date Jenny Jones in the hope of ar­rang­ing a meet­ing.

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