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Mr Jeremy Corbyn - MP

Jeremy has consistently been elected M.P for Islington North since 1983, and in the most recent election on 7 May 2015 he won 29,659 votes, taking 60.2% of the vote. Prior to his election to Parliament, Jeremy was an elected Councillor in the London Borough of Haringey from 1974 to 1983.

Jeremy is the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group and Vice-Chair of the Western Sahara Group (APPG). His national profile is based on his actions against poverty, and in support of social security, environmental and human rights questions both at home and internationally. He has a weekly column in The Morning Star. A long-time supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, he is one of its three vice-chairs. He was opposed to the Iraq war and has spoken at many anti-war rallies in the UK and abroad. He is an elected member of the Stop the War Coalition Steering Committee.

As MP Jeremy is sponsored by the UNISON Trade Union, and is a committed anti-fascist having spoken at the Unite Against Fascism and Barking and Dagenham TUC anti-British National Party rally and calling for no platform for the BNP.

As a member of the National Council of CND Jeremy has spoken at, and attended, human rights and peace conferences including Beijing, New Delhi, UN/Geneva. He has had significant involvement in campaigning against miscarriages of justice. He has campaigned hard for decent pension provision for all, against racism, and on the major issues affecting his constituents, especially unemployment, housing, disability and low pay.

He attends the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva on a regular basis.

 

Some encouraging words from Jeremy Corbyn on our last Open Day.

 

Professor Eva Hoffman

Born in Poland in 1945 to Holocaust survivor parents, writer Eva Hoffman is the author of several books, including the widely regarded Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language and most recently, Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews.

Having received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard, Eva Hoffman has been a professor of literature and of creative writing at several institutions including Columbia, the University of Minnesota, and Tufts; she was an editor and writer at The New York Times from 1979-90, serving as senior editor of "The Book Review" from 1987-90. In her newest book, "After Such Knowledge," she addresses what the Holocaust means to the second generation, children of survivors.

In 1959 during the Cold War, after her Jewish parents survived the Holocaust by hiding in the Ukraine, the thirteen year old Eva, her nine year old sister and her parents immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Upon graduating from high school she received a scholarship and studied English Literature at Rice University, Texas in 1966, then went on to study at the Yale School of Music from 1967 to 1968, and then Harvard University where she received a Ph.D. in English and American literature in 1974.

Eva has been a professor of literature and creative writing at various institutions such as Columbia University, University of Minnesota, and Tufts. From 1979 to 1990, she worked as an editor and writer at the New York Times, serving as senior editor of "The Book Review" from 1987 to 1990. In 1990, she received the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1992, the Guggenheim Fellowship for General Nonfiction, as well as the Whiting Writers' Award. In 2000, Eva was the Una Lecturer at the Townsend Centre for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2008, she was awarded by the University of Warwick. Eva leads a seminar in memoir once every two years at part of CUNY Hunter College's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.

 

Listen to Eva Hoffman talking at the Refugee Therapy Centre.

 

Professor Roland Littlewood

Roland Littlewood is a Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at the University College London Centre for Medical Anthropology. He was the winner of the Welcome Medal for Anthropology as applied to Medicine, and the Wilde Lecturer in Natural Religion, Oxford 1998-1999, and has had numerous other honours.

Roland is the author of a number of important publications including the standard Littlewood and Lipsedge (1982) Aliens and Alienists: Ethnic Minorities and Psychiatry and Littlewood and Kareem (1992) Intercultural Therapy: Themes, Interpretations and Practice.

Mr Claude Moraes - MEP

Claude Moraes was elected to the European Parliament for London in 1999 and again in 2004 where he led the London List of candidates. He was one of the first Asian MEPs and London's first ethnic minority MEP. Claude was previously Director of JCWI, the national migration and refugee charity and Chief Executive of the Immigrants' Aid Trust.

Before that, he was a national officer at the TUC, a representative to the European TUC in Brussels, House of Commons adviser to MPs John Reid and Paul Boateng, and a CRE Commissioner. With a legal background, he has campaigned and written widely on human rights issues including recently co-authoring the 'Politics of Migration' (Blackwells).

In the European Parliament he is Labour spokesperson on Employment and Social Affairs and a member of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

 

Peter Stefanovic

Peter is a high profile Lawyer, No bullshit Journalist, blogger, campaigner, Labour supporter and Political and Social Commentator with a social media following of more than 100,000 and a weekly post reach of 3 million. He is a former Partner at Simpson Millar LLP where he was heralded as one of the UK's most successful Clinical Negligence Lawyers. Peter is cited in the Legal 500 as a leader in his field and was nominated for Legal Personality of the Year in 2016. He is a member of both the Law Society and AVMA specialist Panels. In 2015 Peter turned the NHS debate on its head by crossing the Court room floor to stand with Junior doctors in a contract dispute with the Government which Peter argued was unfair and unsafe. He is a champion for social Justice and the NHS. He is a weekly columnist in THE WORD Newspaper and regularly appears on television and radio (Sputnik, LBC, talk radio, THE WORD TV and Radio). His video reply to Laura Kuenssberg was watched by 1.2 Million People in 3 days. Peters films and Political commentaries are viewed by millions.

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