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Lorna Fitzsimons 14/10/2006

Congratulations to Lorna on her appointment as Chief Executive of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre – some compensation, perhaps, for having lost her Rochdale seat to the Liberal Democrats in the 2005 General Election. She was first elected for this seat with some 20,000 Moslem constituents, as one of the youngest of the ‘Blair babes’, in 1997. As a member of the Friends of Islam and the Kashmiri Association, she rose to the dizzy heights of P.P.S. to Robin Cook. But far from following his example of resigning over the Iraq war, Lorna gave it her enthusiastic support as a member (also) of Labour Friends of Israel. After her defeat she demonstrated her versatility as a graduate in Textile Design by becoming a Fellow of a government-funded Defence College. Her challenging new role speaking out for Israel presumably precludes her return to politics in Rochdale, no doubt to the great distress of many of her former constituents.


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