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Jonathan Fryer

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Jonathan Fryer was the Liberal Democrats candidate in London in the European Parliament (UK) elections. Our volunteers have been adding information on Jonathan Fryer - here's everything we know so far!

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Jonathan Fryer is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster working mainly for the BBC, Middle Eastern television channels and London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). For the past 30 years he has lived in East London and he is a regular speaker on the lecture circuit around women’s clubs and professional groups in the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering.
Jonathan graduated in Oriental Studies (Chinese with Japanese) from St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, but since being part of the BBC’s rolling news coverage of the 1990-1991 Gulf War he has particularly focused on the Arab world. His journalistic career has taken him to over 160 countries, notably filing for Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent. His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications including the Economist, Guardian and Oldie. He is the author of 15 non-fiction books, notably histories of Kuwait and Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as a childhood memoir, Eccles Cakes.
For seven years, Jonathan was based in Brussels, initially for Reuters news agency, covering the European Union institutions and NATO. He is a passionate European, a Vice-Chairman of London4Europe (the London chapter of the European Movement) and stood several times as a LibDem Euro-candidate for London, twice missing out being elected as an MEP by a whisker. He strongly believes that Britain is better off within the European Union and will campaign vigorously against Theresa May’s UKIP-style hard Brexit. He is currently the LibDems’ Brexit spokesperson for London.
At various times, Jonathan has been a member of the Liberal Democrats’ Federal Board and Federal Policy Committee, and currently he sits on the party’s International Relations Committee, as well as being an elected member of the Council of the Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and of the Executive of Liberal International. He is a former Chair of London Liberal Democrats and remains a member of its Executive.
Jonathan served one term as a councillor in the London borough of Bromley before settling in East London and he retains a keen interest in planning matters, balancing the need to build more affordable housing in London with preserving valuable heritage and the environment. He has lived in Mile End for the past 30 years..

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Jonathan Harold Fryer is a British writer, broadcaster, lecturer and Liberal Democrat politician.

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Born: 1950-06-05

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Local hustings

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(Past event) Tuesday 21 May 2019 18:30–20:30: London MEP (European Parliament) Election Hustings, Southwark Cathedral SE1 9DA.

(Past event) Tuesday 14 May 2019 19:30–21:30: Hustings for the European elections, St Anne's Church Wandsworth SW18 2RS.

(Past event) Tuesday 14 May 2019 18:45–21:00: West London European Parliament Election Hustings, Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith W6 9DT.

Previous elections

This candidate has previously stood for election in:

  • 2019: The European Parliament (UK) elections, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the London
  • 2018: The Tower Hamlets local election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mile End
  • 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Dagenham and Rainham
  • 2014: The European Parliament (UK) elections, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the London
  • 2010: The UK Parliament elections, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Poplar and Limehouse

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