Lib­eral chief is to stand for Labour


THE CHIEF ex­ec­u­tive of Lib­eral Ju­daism will take a sab­bat­i­cal to con­test a Bar­net seat in next May’s lo­cal elec­tions.

Rabbi Danny Rich will go on tem­po­rary leave from his Lib­eral Ju­daism role in Jan­uary, hav­ing been adopted by Labour as a can­di­date for West Finch­ley ward.

Labour will be de­fend­ing its seats held by Ross Hous­ton, Kath McGuirk and Jim Tier­ney. Rabbi Rich will re­place Mr Tier­ney, who is stand­ing down, on the bal­lot. What­ever the out­come, he ex­pects to re­turn to his day job soon af­ter the elec­tion.

“I have al­ways been an ad­vo­cate of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity stand­ing for elec­tion to lo­cal or na­tional po­lit­i­cal of­fice,” he said. “I also see con­tri­bu­tion to civic life as an ex­ten­sion of be­ing a Lib­eral Jew.”

He added: “I shall be tak­ing a sab­bat­i­cal from Lib­eral Ju­daism from Jan­uary 2018 in or­der that I can get to know the peo­ple and streets of West Finch­ley even bet­ter than I do now.

“Most coun­cil­lors across the coun­try have pro­fes­sional jobs. As when any­body goes on sab­bat­i­cal, the [Lib­eral Ju­daism] board will have made ap­pro­pri­ate ar­range­ments so that the or­gan­i­sa­tion does not suf­fer.”

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