The Immigration Debate

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Wednesday 22 January 2014, 8pm
£12 in advance (£15 on the door)
London Jewish Cultural Centre
Ivy House,
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on Silverman to Chair. Panelists include Judith Gleeson, Kelvin Mackenzie, Shazia Mirza and Dr Edie Friedman.

Immigration is an enormously emotive topic for the Jewish people; from the Aliens Act of 1905, through the Evian Conference of 1938, Jews have been on the receiving end of government restrictions.

With economic, political and social insecurity in Britain today, do governments have the moral duty to open their doors to the persecuted and the poor?

Judith Gleeson is a Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) dealing with immigration and asylum appeals and judicial reviews. She was educated at Reigate County School for Girls and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, then became a solicitor in 1981, specialising in cross-frontier comparative law work. She became a part-time judge in 1993 and a full time tribunals judge in 1999. She is a former member of the Judicial College’s Equal Treatment Committee and helped to write the Equal Treatment Bench Book for Judges. She lives in Sussex and has one son, a musician.”

Kelvin Mackenzie has been a journalist for more than four decades. He started on a local paper in South East London, moved to a news agency, then the Daily Express and finally The Sun. This was followed by two years as Managing Editor with The New York Post and finally becoming Editor of The Sun from 1981 to 1994. There followed a brief period as Managing Director of BSkyB, three years as MD of Live TV and then Group Managing Director of Mirror Newspapers. He founded the radio station Talksport selling the company for £100 million. Today he is a businessman.

Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand-up comedian and writer originally from Birmingham, England. She works all over the world and has toured the US, Sweden, Denmark, France Holland and Germany. She has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes, NBC's Last Comic Standing, and Have I got News for You (BBC).

Dr Edie Friedman was born in Chicago. A student in the 1960's, she was heavily influenced by the civil rights and peace movements. She came to England to study in Leeds and subsequently worked for Oxfam and the Community Relations Council in Ealing, west London. She founded JCORE in 1976. In 2008 she co-authored Reluctant Refuge - The Story of Asylum in Britain. She has also authored and co-authored a series of race equality education resources covering the primary school to adult age ranges. She is a regular speaker and writer on race and asylum issues.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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