Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) is one of the most popular Parliamentary groups and has extensive membership amongst MPs and Members of the Lords as well as having membership within the Labour Party generally.
Formed during the 1957 Labour Party conference at a fringe event, this lobby group has grown to be one of, if not, the largest special interest groups operating today. It organises and has influence at all levels of Labour Party organisation.
This particular lobby group is part of an interwoven group of lobbyists, bogus Institutes, think tanks, educational endeavours and uncritical proselytisers for Israel. Quite an industry has developed around the twin themes of antisemitism and defending Israel almost no matter what it does. MacShane operates widely in both these arenas. Corresponding organisations to LFI exist in the other main political parties.Conservative Friends of Israel, Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, Northern Ireland Friends of Israel, European Friends of Israel, Friends of Israel Initiative.
Why are Israel supporting groups in our political parties so well patronised. Those who speculate on this frequently point to the fact that they are unusually well financed! Need I say more?
Where does Denis fit in? Currently reported to be a member of the Policy Council of Labour Friends of Israel, not just a mere footsoldier then! Here is a list of those also involved, it makes for interesting reading!
Director: Luciana Berger MP
Chair: Andrew Gwynne MP
Policy Council: Rt Hon Stephen Byers MP, Rt Hon Derek Foster MP, Rt Hon George Foulkes MSP, Jane Kennedy MP, Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, Rt Hon Don Touhig MP and Denis MacShane MP. House of Lords Chair was Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale.
Members: David Abrahams, Lord Archer of Sandwell, Sir Stuart Bell MP, Tony Blair former MP and Prime Minister, Lord Janner of Braunstone Q.C. Former MP for Leicester West, Former President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews & Current Chair of the British Israel Parliamentary Group. David Blunkett MP, Gordon Brown MP, Chris Bryant MP, Stephen Byers former MP, Wayne David MP, Mike Gapes MP – former Vice Chair of LFI (2004), Anthony Greenwood MP, first Chair of LFI (1957), Fabian Hamilton MP, Joan Humble MP, Baroness Hayman, Barbara Keeley MP, Ivan Lewis MP, former Vice Chair of LFI, Lord Macdonald of Tradeston, Jonathan Mendelsohn – former Chair of LFI (2002), Alun Michael MP, Andrew Miller MP, Jim Murphy MP – former Chair of LFI (2001), Dan Norris former MP, Nick Palmer MPJames Purnell former Chair of LFI, MP, Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, John Reid former MP, Terry Rooney MP,
Siôn Simon MP, Dari Taylor MP, Gary Titley MP, Lord Winston, Iain Wright MP, former Chair of LFI (2006), Lord Young of Norwood Green.