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Brown at UJIA dinner

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-10-10

Gordon Brown pic: Mark Morris

Gordon Brown pic: Mark Morris

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has praised the Jewish community for its vision of investing in the future.

Addressing over 800 guests at the annual UJIA dinner at London's Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, Brown said: "What makes UJIA so unique is that you do not just give money - you invest in people. You invest in the future. You invest in hope."

The evening, which raised £3.77m, saw Brown also talk about the founding of the state of Israel and his own recent visit there.

"You have proved that over the last sixty years - when people of goodwill and moral purpose come together - they can make a real difference hope is the defining theme of Jewish history," he said.

With the current economic crisis affecting the world, Brown spoke of the importance of trust. "Successful market economics need trust which can only be built through shared values," he said. "My values, the values of the country, celebrate hard work, effort, enterprise and responsible risk taking - qualities that markets need to ensure that the rewards that flow are seen to be fair."