Farewell, friends

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Much as there are po­lit­i­cal fig­ures we can all be pleased to see the back of, so there are oth­ers whose de­par­tures are a cause of great re­gret, no mat­ter what one’s pol­i­tics. Nei­ther Sir Eric Pick­les nor Michael Dugher have a size­able Jewish vote in their con­stituency, so their tire­less cam­paign­ing against an­ti­semitism and on be­half of Is­rael’s right to live free from ter­ror has been mo­ti­vated by any­thing other than con­vic­tion. Mr Dugher was a true friend and will be greatly missed. As for Sir Eric: for our com­mu­nity, he was the very def­i­ni­tion of a men­sch. Par­lia­ment and public life will be di­min­ished with­out them.

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