Suella Braverman has predicted that the British Jewish and Indian communities will be at the “forefront” of rebuilding the economy after the pandemic – as she declared herself “the number one” fan of her in-law’s Friday night dinners.
The Attorney General was a guest speaker alongside the Daily Mail’s Alex Brummer at the Asian-Jewish Business Network’s second flagship event at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday.
The Tory high-flyer, who had her first child with her Jewish husband Rael in 2019, spoke of the huge opportunities this country had afforded her family as “proud British Asians” who came to Britain with nothing. As well as a record number of Asians in the cabinet, the QC spoke of her pride in the “significant contribution” of her fellow community members across healthcare, tech, academia and law.
Braverman, meanwhile, described her husband as a “very proud member of the Jewish community” whose family had previously made aliyah and contributed as members of Bushey Synagogue.
“They welcomed me me with open heart,” she told over 400 attendees. “We are fans in my household of Larry David and Jackie Mason. I’m the number one supporter of Friday night dinners at my husband’s family – including chicken schnitzel.”
She suggested that the centrality of family and focus on enterprise was a common factor for the two communities, helping to drive their success. Innovation was also a shared factor for Israel and India, she said, adding she’d been “struck by the tangible energy and passion” of Israelis while visiting the Jewish state.
Brummer, the Mail’s veteran City Editor, spoke about the prospects for the British economy after Brexit and the pandemic.
The AJBN was founded two years ago by Russell Bahar and Jewish News’ Justin Cohen. Bahar, who now leads the fast-growing group full-time, said: “Hosting an event on this scale this year was extremely challenging but that only made the buzz in the room and the feedback since more rewarding. A huge thanks fo to our speakers, supporters and sponsors including Axiom DWFM who have been with us since day one. We look forward to announcing exciting plans for expansion in 2022.”
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