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Theresa May to become Britain's next Prime Minister, 'A great friend of the community', says the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Written by EJP
  
Monday, 11 July 2016 16:09
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Theresa May, Britain's Home Secretary, holding up a poster saying "I am a Jew" during a meeting of the Board of Deputies one week after the killing of Jews y at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris in January 2015.


LONDON (EJP)---“Theresa May has been a great friend of the community and, during her time as Home Secretary, the Board of Deputies has had a very positive and close relationship with her,’’ said Gillian Merron, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BOD) as she congratulated May in anticipation of her becoming the new Prime Minister after David Cameron announced his resignation in the wake of Britiain  ‘s vote to leave the European Union.

‘’We look forward to that relationship continuing as she moves in to 10 Downing Street and we wish her every success in her new role at this challenging time for our country,” said  Merron.

May’s opponent, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change Andrea Leadsom,  dropped out of the race for the leadership of Britain's ruling Conservative Party.

Once she will be confirmed as Conservative leader, May will automatically become the new Prime Minister.

Although she was initially against the so-called ‘Brexi’t, May has since become an advocate for a clean break, in accordance to the people's vote.

‘’As Home Secretary for six years, Mrs May is better placed than most of her Westminster colleagues to assess the threats facing British Jews,’’ writes The Jewish Chronicle.

She has reportedly worked closely with the Community Security Trust (CST) and other Jewish groups.

She was awarded a standing ovation from diners at the CST’s annual dinner.

She had committed another £13.4 million (€11.7 million ) of government money to communal security measures and had made her intentions towards the community clear.

In a speech she gave at an event hosted in London by the World B'nei Akiva youth movement last year to mark Yom Haatzmaut, Israel's independence day, May emphasized the importance of the continued existence of the state of Israel and of remembering those who gave their lives to bring it independence.

She also said in the speech that she sees Israel as an important ally of Britain, and sees herself as a personal friend of the Jewish people.

 

‘’Mr Cameron has been lauded as the most philosemitic premier since Margaret Thatcher. British Jews will now hope that the second woman to hold the keys to Number 10 will follow in the footsteps of those two predecessors,’’ writes The Jewish Chronicle.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 19:00
 

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