Jess Phillips joins the Limmud speakers' list

Lord John Mann, Lance Forman and Wes Streeting will also be among political contributors to the Birmingham festival


Some political heavyweights have been added to the bill for this year's Limmud Festival.

Jess Phillips, Wes Streeting, Lance Forman and Lord John Mann will be speaking at the Birmingham event. For Ms Phillips, who is defending Birmingham Yardley for Labour in the General Election, the festival is a local engagement. Mr Streeting, who is campaigning to retain Ilford North for Labour, is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews.

Mr Forman - who heads the Forman & Son smoked salmon business - will explain why he joined the Brexit Party, for which he is an MEP, and discuss the future of UK-EU relations.

Formerly the Labour MP for Bassetlaw for 18 years, Lord Mann was recently appointed an independent adviser to the government on antisemitism.

Programming co-chair Jake Berger said: "At a time of such political intrigue, Limmud will be the place to engage with key issues for the Jewish community post-general election.”

Well over 2,000 participants from more than 30 countries are expected at the festival.

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