PMQs in Hampstead with Sir Anthony Seldon

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PMQs in Hampstead with Sir Anthony Seldon

Educator and political historian delivers 21st Isaiah Berlin annual lecture about the UK's prime ministers at South Hampstead synagogue

More than 200 guests attended a talk given on Sunday 25th February by noted biographer Sir Anthony Seldon at Hampstead Synagogue.

Knighted in 2014 for his services to education and modern political history, Seldon delivered the 21st Isaiah Berlin Lecture, entitled “Has the job of Prime Minister become impossible? Can the next PM possibly succeed?”

VIP guests included Prince Pavlos of Greece, Lord Peter Mandelson, Lord Jitesh Gadhia, president of the United Synagogue Michael Goldstein as well as current and former officials from the Royal Household and UK government.

Sir Anthony is congratulated by Peter Halban, Isaiah Berlin’s step-son. February 2024

Richard Abramson, chairman of Hampstead Synagogue, said: “Our community was delighted to host this important lecture, the latest in our series of Isaiah Berlin annual lectures. We had a large audience, including many distinguished individuals. We all left the hall feeling enriched and inspired.”

Sir Anthony Seldon, February 2024

Lecture co-ordinator Zaki Cooper said: “Anthony gave a scintillating lecture and all those who were fortunate to attend were stimulated by what he had to say.

“Talking about PMs could not have been a more suitable subject, in the year of a general election. This series, which we started in Isaiah Berlin’s memory in 2003, continues to go from strength to strength, with the support of the shul and the Berlin family.”

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