Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel has issued the following press release:
HUGHES AND HUHNE AT LIB DEM FRIENDS OF ISRAEL AGM
Members of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) were joined by senior Lib Dem MPs at LDFI's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Parliament last week.
Attendees included Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes MP, former Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne MP, Lord (Monroe) Palmer and Lord (Alex) Carlile.
Lord (Chris) Rennard, a former party Chief Executive and elections supremo, spoke to the meeting about his trip to Israel and the West Bank as part of an LDFI Parliamentary delegation.
Recalling a packed schedule of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and with grassroots citizens, Lord Rennard explained how the visit had informed his thinking on how best to achieve a two-state solution that would bring peace, justice and security to Israelis and Palestinians alike.
LDFI's honorary officers reported on a busy year that included the Parliamentary delegation, a successful party conference fringe meeting and regular briefings for Lib Dem leaders on issues affecting Israel and the Anglo-Jewish community.
Former Lib Dem Deputy Leader Sir Alan Beith MP was confirmed as LDFI's President, with Lord (Monroe) Palmer and London Lib Dem MEP Sarah Ludford continuing as Vice-Presidents.
Gavin Stollar, who was re-elected as Honorary Chairman, updated the meeting on the planned recruitment of LDFI's first-ever Executive Director, and said: "LDFI has had a year of great progress, as we took Parliamentarians to Israel and the West Bank, regularly briefed party leaders and continued to make the case for a just two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict."