Redbridge MPs and fellow politicians unite for Mitzvah Day launch

PUBLISHED: 18:00 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 18:11 01 November 2016

Wes Streeting and Jewish youth movement workers. Photo: Yakir Zur

Wes Streeting and Jewish youth movement workers. Photo: Yakir Zur

Yakir Zur - YZ Photography

Political differences were put aside as MPs and peers came together to mark the launch of the Jewish social action day of Mitzvah.

Ilford North’s MP Wes Streeting joined Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer and other figures from the country’s leading political parties at Parliament on Monday to promote Mitzvah Day – the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social action.

Mitzvah Day takes place on Sunday, November 27, and is an annual Jewish-led day for which people are encouraged to give up their time, not money, to make a difference within their community.

As part of their commitment to Mitzvah, the Redbridge MPs, alongside other politicians such as Diane Abbott and Theresa Villiers, decorated and delivered cupcakes to Norton House care home in Westminster, where they served tea and spent time with residents.

“As co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews, I was delighted to attend the annual Mitzvah Day drop-in in Parliament,” said Mr Streeting.

“It is so important to get involved in social action work, particularly when it brings communities together in such a meaningful way.”

The 20 MPs and peers also met with leaders and representatives of Jewish organisations such as the Board of Deputies of British Jews and youth movements.

The founder of Mitzvah Day, Laura Marks, said the “need to bring people together has never been greater”, following a recent spike in hate crimes in the UK.

“And what better way to launch this year’s Mitzvah Day than by bringing together so many MPs, with contrasting political views, to do something that makes a real difference to the local Westminster community,” she added.

Mr Cryer agreed, and urged the community to get on board with the message of Mitzvah.

“People of faith coming together and working side-by-side is so important, as we’ve seen time and time again in Wanstead and Leyton.

“Mitzvah Day is a really important way to facilitate this and I urge everyone to get involved.”

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