Boris Johnson

Boris queries BNP garden party invitation

By Leon Symons, May 22, 2009

London Mayor Boris Johnson has stepped into the row over British National Party leader Nick Griffin attending one of the Queen’s three Buckingham Palace garden parties in July.

The London Assembly’s 25 members are traditionally invited to one of the parties. Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s London Assembly member, has said he will take Mr Griffin to the party on July 21, the last of the three parties.

Now Mr Johnson has written to LA leader Darren Johnson asking him to persuade Mr Barnbrook to take another or have the invitation taken away.

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Walking into festival

By James Martin, March 5, 2009

Boris Johnson has welcomed the Jewish involvement in The Story of London, a major cultural festival taking place in June.

Launching the project this week, the London Mayor said: "The Story of London is about a city of 300 languages and many faiths and is aimed at all communities.

"There will be a superb opportunity to explore some of the sites that have been at the heart of the Jewish community's important place in the city's development."

As part of the project, walking tours of the East End and Hampstead will be organised by the Jewish Museum.

"We're delighted to b

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Boris declares war on racists in Gaza protests

By Ben Jaglom, February 18, 2009

Boris Johnson has condemned those who have used the Gaza conflict as a platform for antisemitism.

Addressing a dinner at Westminster Synagogue which raised £75,000, the London Mayor said: “I deplore efforts to import the bullying, hatred and divisiveness found in the Middle East to the streets of London”.

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Shoah story reaches 90,000

By Cathy Forman, January 29, 2009

Belsen survivor Rudi Oppenheimer told London Mayor Boris Johnson and other civic leaders at the HMD ceremony at City Hall: “Soon there will be no one left to tell the story.”

Mr Oppenheimer estimated that he had related his experiences to 90,000 young people in 950 sessions at schools. “I am the witness,” he said.

The mayor declared that as no words of his could be as powerful as those of a survior, he had chosen to read If, a “shocking and frightening poem” by playwright Edward Bond which pondered the outcome “if Auschwitz had been in Hampshire”.

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Breakfast with Boris opens smoked salmon specialist

January 22, 2009

Boris Johnson hailed “the shrine of smoked salmon” when officially opening Forman’s Fish Island in East London last Friday.

London’s Mayor joined Lance Forman and his staff and 250 guests for a champagne breakfast featuring Forman’s trademark product in the 800-
capacity events venue overlooking the Olympic Stadium development.

He then toured the smokehouse with Mr Forman, learning the secrets of the firm’s 103-year-old “London Cure” smoked salmon recipe.

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Light show with Boris

By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, December 18, 2008

More than 3,000 people are expected in Trafalgar Square on Monday afternoon to see London Mayor Boris Johnson light a giant menorah.

To shed greater light on the proceedings, more than 1,000 torches will be distributed among the crowd and there will be jugglers, clowns, magicians and live music. The party starts at 4.30pm.

The 30-foot menorah will be lit on every night of the festival in a collaboration between the mayor’s office, the London Jewish Forum and Chabad.

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Chanucah with Boris

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

London Mayor Boris Johnson has given the green light for a major Chanucah celebration in Trafalgar Square.

Chanucah in the Square will be held at five o'clock on December 22, the second night of the festival, when the mayor will lead a civic lighting ceremony.

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Mayor opens Stamford Hill Centre

By Leon Symons, November 21, 2008

London Mayor Boris Johnson brought laughter and applause when he showed a previously unknown mastery of Yiddish while opening a new combined day centre and synagogue for Agudas Israel Housing Association's Schonfeld Square home in Stamford Hill on Thursday.

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Boris backs Munich ceremony

November 20, 2008

London Mayor Boris Johnson has backed a plan to hold a commemoration at the 2012 Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics murder of Israeli athletes. The subject was discussed at the first meeting between Mr Johnson and the London Jewish Forum at City Hall on Tuesday evening. Deputy mayor Richard Barnes said later: "The Mayor was absolutely explicit that he wants to mark the anniversary." There will be talks with the International Olympic Committee.

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Boris meets forum chiefs

November 20, 2008

Senior representatives of the London Jewish Forum discussed a range of issues with London Mayor Boris Johnson and his deputy Richard Barnes at City Hall on Tuesday night.

Housing provision in Stamford Hill and developing Jewish cultural events were among topics covered during the hour-long meeting.

Also on the agenda was establishing a common contract across London's boroughs for welfare services, which would help charities like Jewish Care.

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