Chair Gavin Stollar meets Tzipi Livni after Lib Dems secure changes to Universal Jurisdiction law

Gavin Stollar, Chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) met Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni on the morning of Thursday 6 October. Ms Livni was briefing a private meeting of Anglo-Jewish and pro-Israeli leaders before she went to meet Foreign Secretary William Hague. Kadima is Israel’s main opposition party, and is the largest single party in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.

Her visit to London was made easier by Parliament’s recent passing of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, which includes a reform to the law on universal jurisdiction. This reform was taken through the House of Lords by Liberal Democrat ministers, following Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s pledge that the Coalition Government would do this.

Gavin Stollar said:

“I am delighted that Ms Livni is here to discuss the peace process with the UK Government. If the UK is to support the peace process, then Israeli and Palestinian leaders must be able to come to London to meet ministers. I am proud that Liberal Democrats played such a key role in the Coalition Government’s change to the law.”

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