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Dame Margaret Hodge made co-chair of parliamentary group on British Jews

Barking Jewish MP unanimously elected to the role and says she is 'delighted' and will work to 'ensure that issues of key importance to British Jews are heard and addressed'

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Dame Margaret Hodge
Dame Margaret Hodge

Dame Margaret Hodge MP has become co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews.

The MP for Barking, was unanimously elected as the new co-chair of the group at an meeting on Monday.

She succeeds Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, who has stepped down from the role due to his recent promotion to the Shadow Cabinet.

Dame Margaret’s co-chair will continue to be Christian Wakeford, Conservative MP for Bury South.

During the EGM, Parliamentarians also heard from Marie van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies, as well as Michael Wegier, the organisation’s newly appointed Chief Executive and Amanda Bowman, Vice President and Chair of the Board’s Defence Division.

Board of Deputies staff also provided updates on topics including shechita, coroners and the community’s continued response to Covid-19.

Dame Margaret –  parliamentary chair of the Jewish  Labour Movement – said: “I am delighted to have been elected co-chair of the APPG on British Jews. I look forward to working together with Christian Wakeford MP, my fellow chair, along with other Parliamentarians, to ensure that issues of key importance to British Jews are heard and addressed.”

Marie van der Zyl said: “As the organisation providing the secretariat to the APPG on British Jews, the Board of Deputies is extremely pleased that Dame Margaret has been elected as the group’s co-chair. Dame Margaret is not just a part of the Jewish community, she is also widely admired for defending our community against those hostile to us. We are honoured that she has agreed to serve as co-chair, and look forward to working closely with her in this role.”

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