Rt Hon Anne McGuire MP said: “It is a huge honour to become Chair of Labour Friends of Israel at such a crucial time. Through my long involvement with LFI and years of visits to the region I know how important it is for Labour MPs to remain closely engaged with the complex and ever changing issues facing Israelis and Palestinians as they strive for the peace they both deserve.
“Israel has long endured real and daily security threats but has time again proven its capacity to make far reaching compromises for peace. It is essential that the Labour Party remains steadfast in its support for Israel and a negotiated two state solution. I am particularly excited to be working closely with our sister party in Israel, and building on our shared Labour values of peace and social justice.”
LFI Director Jennifer Gerber said: “Anne is a true friend of Israel, and brings with her a deep understanding and experience of the region and its key players. We are very much looking forward to working with Anne to broaden the conversation about Israel, and the challenges it faces, throughout the Labour party.
“We would like to once again thank our outgoing Chair John Woodcock MP for everything he has done and continues to do for LFI.”
Anne has been the MP for Stirling since 1997, and the shadow minister for disabilities since 2011.