Mayor Khan to speak at Board an­nual din­ner

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

THE BOARD of Deputies has an­nounced Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of Lon­don, as the guest of hon­our for its an­nual din­ner, with the Board’s pres­i­dent ex­press­ing “de­light” at his ac­cep­tance.

Marie Van der Zyl said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion “can think of no-one bet­ter to ad­dress the com­mu­nity’s hopes and con­cerns, at this chal­leng­ing time for our com­mu­nity.

“Sadiq has been very sup­port­ive of our com­mu­nity, speak­ing out on Labour’s an­tisemitism cri­sis and call­ing for the pro­scrip­tion of Hezbol­lah. No­body will for­get that Sadiq’s very first en­gage­ment as Mayor

[in 2016] was to at­tend the com­mu­nity’s Yom Hashoah com­mem­o­ra­tion.”

As Labour’s most

Sadiq Khan se­nior politi­cian in elected of­fice, Mr Khan has played an ac­tive role in in­ter­faith events with the Jewish com­mu­nity, and has spo­ken pub­licly on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions about his con­cern at the an­tisemitism within his own party, say­ing that it was “not do­ing enough” to ad­dress the prob­lem, and that it was “de­press­ing, sad­den­ing and com­pletely un­ac­cept­able”.

When last month the Evening Stan­dard pub­lished an edi­to­rial ac­cus­ing the Mayor of not speak­ing up on the is­sue of an­tisemitism within his own party, a num­ber of prom­i­nent Jews crit­i­cised the ac­cu­sa­tion as er­ro­neous.

The Board’s din­ner will be held on Mon­day Novem­ber 5. Pre­vi­ous guests of hon­our in­clude Ruth David­son, David Miliband, the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury and Theresa May, when she was Home Sec­re­tary.

PHOTO: PA

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