Countdown’s Rachel Riley is set to join Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Dame Margaret Hodge and Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke in the Houses of Parliament at a Holocaust Educational Trust event next week.
The TV presenter will take part in the Lord Merlyn-Rees Memorial Event on 22 January, just two weeks after a Channel 4 News podcast of her explaining how she had been subjected to antisemitic abuse online went viral.
Maths ace Riley, from Essex, waded into the debate about the Labour Party in September last year, attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for sharing a platform with Holocaust deniers. She said she had since suffered offensive messages from his supporters, including former MP George Galloway.
“In recent months, Rachel has been a brave and outspoken opponent of antisemitism,” said an HET spokeswoman. “She will be speaking to us about her experience as a victim of online antisemitic abuse and the importance of standing up against hatred.”
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