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An evening with Ken

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-03-16

Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone

London Mayor Ken Livingstone is to speak publically for the first time at a Jewish venue since his comments in 2005 likening a Jewish reporter to that of a concentration camp guard.

The Mayor will take part at an evening organised by the Reform Movement at its Sternberg Centre in Finchley, north west London following a personal invitation for him to attend from head of the movement Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield.

The move comes after a meeting in November 2006 between Rabbi Bayfield and the Mayor at a reception to mark Remembrance Day when Rabbi Bayfield asked if the Mayor would be interested in an opportunity to discuss his sometimes strained relationship with London Jews and his views on Israel at a community event.

Also attending the evening will be Jewish deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron.

"We very much look forward to hearing what the Mayor has to say and to the opportunity for our members to respond and to raise concerns," said Rabbi Bayfield.

The event will take place on May 29 and is to be hosted by Reform Movement president Sir Sigmund Sternberg and chaired by the Movement's chair Mike Grabiner.