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JPR hosted Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor at the eighteenth JPR Morris and Manja Leigh Memorial Lecture in October, where he spoke about work being done to combat antisemitism in the UK and across the world.
A former Labour Party Member of Parliament, John Mann is now the UK Government Independent Adviser on Antisemitism, after previously serving for many years as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism (APPG). He has commissioned two major All-Party Inquiries into Antisemitism, and his work now focuses heavily on developing practical policy initiatives designed to address antisemitism in the UK and abroad.
In his remarks, Lord Mann stressed the importance of engaging as many people as possible in the fight. He said: “I have noted that in the Jewish community, and those around the Jewish community, people often underestimate just how powerful their little bit has been. They are doing the right thing, they are motivated in the right way, they are doing it brilliantly. You are doing it brilliantly. But do not underestimate the power of what you are doing, of your little bit. It is the cumulative total of these little bits that gives us our strength. If everyone pulls their weight and does their little bit, we will always win. Our problem is when people don’t do their bit. One of the things I hope you will do, after tonight, is tell people a bit more. Be proud. Don’t be shy about the bit that you contribute, in whatever way you contribute…”
Mann was also very complimentary about JPR’s role in his agenda. As he said: “What we need, and what this country is better at than any other in the world, is a factual-based approach… The Institute for Jewish Policy Research’s research far outreaches that of any other organisation worldwide. This is serious level work that you do, and therefore in thanking you, I am thanking everyone involved in JPR and everyone supporting JPR.”
You can download a transcript of his remarks here