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LDFI Parliamentary Luncheon, 10 November 2010

Lib Dem Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg addressed  an audience of Liberal Democrats and members of the Jewish Community. Mr Clegg emphasised that the Liberal Democrats have always supported a two-state solution that would bring peace, justice and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike and that Israel’s right to thrive in peace and security is non-negotiable for Liberal Democrats.

The Lib Dem leader called the event a successful and significant milestone in relations between the Liberal Democrats and the Anglo-Jewish Community.



 Rt Hon Alan Beith MP, Lord Dholakia, Monroe Palmer, LDFI Chair, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, Lord Alliance, Gavin Stollar, LDFI Vice Chair

 The Rt Hon Alan Beith MP, LDFI President

Nick Clegg address Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel fringe meeting at Lib Dem Conference 2010

Nick Clegg, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats greets Naomi Chazan at the LDFI Fringe event in September 2010


This year’s Lib Dem Friends of Israel fringe event Autumn Conference was titled, Israel/Palestine – is peace possible? . After a welcome by Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Professor Naomi Chazan Ex-Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and CEO of ‘New Israel Fund’ gave her fascinating perspective into the current Middle East peace process. Other speakers were Sir Alan Beith MP, President of LDFI and Alon Roth-Snir, Deputy Ambassador for Israel to the United Kingdom. The event took place on Monday 20th September and was Chaired by LDFI Chair Monroe Palmer OBE.

Nick Clegg at the LDFI meeting

Sir Alan Beith MP, President of LDFI, with Matthew Harris, Vice Chair of LDFI, welcomed Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats to the meeting

LDFI Fringe speakers Speakers at the LDFI event at the Liberal Democrat Conference September 2010. (L to R) Naomi Chazan, Alon Roth-Snir, Sir Alan Beith MP, Cllr Monroe Palmer MBE

Monroe Palmer welcomes Naomi Chazan to the LDFI event at the Liberal Democrat Conference in September 2010.

Gavin Stollar, Vice Chair of LDFI, thanked the speakers for their contributions to the debate.

Watch Nick Clegg’s speech:


Dinner for the Rt Hon Alan Beith MP, December 2008


Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel held a dinner to celebrate the granting of a knighthood to LDFI’s President, the Right Hon Sir Alan Beith MP.

The dinner, on Wednesday 10 December  in the David Lloyd George Room at the National Liberal Club, was attended by: Henry Grunwald QC (President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews), Talya Lador-Fresher (Israeli Deputy Ambassador), several Liberal Democrat peers, and officers of LDFI.

Speakers paying to tribute to Sir Alan at the event included Lord McNally (Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords), Talya Lador-Fresher and Henry Grunwald. Sir Alan attended with his wife, the Lib Dem peer Baroness Maddock. At the dinner, Sir Alan was presented with an illustrated book of diaspora Jewish history, as a memento of the event. As well as marking Sir Alan’s recent knighthood (granted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2008), the dinner coincided with the 35th anniversary of Sir Alan’s first election as MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed in November 1973.

Cllr Monroe Palmer OBE, Chair of LDFI, said: “Sir Alan Beith has been a steadfast friend of Israel and the Jewish community. He has always spoken up for Israel’s right to thrive in peace and security alongside a viable Palestinian state. This dinner honoured his reputation as a Parliamentarian of stature and integrity.”

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