Jonathan Fryer is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster working mainly for the BBC, several Middle Eastern TV channels and London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). A former Chairman of London Liberal Democrats, he is currently the party’s Brexit spokesperson for London.
Jonathan has lived in East London for the past 30 years and is a familiar figure on the lecture circuit of women’s and professional clubs throughout Havering. He is the author of 15 non-fiction books, the latest being a childhood memoir.
He is a Non-Executive Director of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), which distributes over £30 million annually in secondary rights to writers.
As a very young journalist he covered the Vietnam War, going on to write about conflict situations around the world, as well as spending seven years in Brussels covering the EU institutions and NATO.
Jonathan sits on the Liberal Democrats’ International Relations Committee, as well as the governing Council of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) for Europe and the Executive of Liberal International. In the 1980s he served a term as a Councillor in the London Borough of Bromley.
Apart from his obvious interest in foreign affairs and the current Brexit situation, he is a strong advocate of affordable housing. “It’s essential that the necessary regeneration taking place in Dagenham, in particular, provides homes to which young working people can aspire,” he says. “Meanwhile, the idea of making Dagenham a new centre for film-making and other creative industries is an exciting one.”
A keen environmentalist, Jonathan believes that “everything must be done to protect Rainham Marshes and other nature reserves and parks in the two boroughs of Havering and Barking & Dagenham.”
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