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Speaking at Limmud Conference

January 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm / by
Photo credit: Philip Rosenberg

Photo credit: Philip Rosenberg

 

I was honoured to be invited to speak at the Limmud Conference at Warwick University a few weeks ago.

I shared a platform with Sarah Sackman, Labour’s candidate for Finchley and Golders Green. As two North London women representing diverse areas, we spoke about the challenges and benefits of our multicultural constituencies. For me it comes down to empathy: being open to as many conversations as possible – and not leaning too heavily on your own specific background. I also discussed a policy I had written while I was on Camden council about tackling extremist speakers who spout hate rhetoric.

We took questions from the audience afterwards and were asked specifically about which Private Members’ Bill we would raise to create new laws if elected in May, typically on topics that do not get enough mainstream attention. I said I wanted to raise the issue of Female Genital Mutilation and Sarah focused on the severe cuts to legal aid budgets.

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