Rishi Sunak finds time to visit Board of Deputies sukkah at Tory conference

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Rishi Sunak finds time to visit Board of Deputies sukkah at Tory conference

The prime minister discussed the significance of the lulav and etrog over the Sukkot festival with Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Rishi Sunak and Marie van der Zyl
Rishi Sunak and Marie van der Zyl

Rishi Sunak has found time during a hectic Tory Party conference schedule to visit a sukkah placed outside the main arena in Manchester.

The prime minister was photographed discussing the significance of the lulav and etrog over the Sukkot festival with Board president Marie van der Zyl as he braved the rain on Tuesday morning.

The Board’s president told Jewish News:”I was delighted to welcome the prime minister to the Board’s sukkah at Conservative conference where he shook the lulav and etrog.

“It was an honour to host him and discuss the festival of Sukkot.”

Others to stop at the sukkah included the MPs Chris Philp and Nickie Aitken, along with the author and commentator Danny Finkelstein.

The Board were set to hold a fringe event on Tuesday afternoon at the conference, with a panel including the Board president, Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers and Finkelstein discussing the rise in the sale of Nazi memorabilia.

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