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Julian Bell
Julian Bell
Leader, Ealing Council
Influences ● January 24, 2020

In the big, big picture, Nelson Mandela is just an enormous figure and statesman. In 2000 Nelson Mandela came to visit the Labour Party conference. I was working for the Party, deputed to keep all the press snappers away from the podium and behaving themselves. So, I was right next to Nelson Mandela as he gave that speech.

It was the most remarkable day. He brought such hope and goodness. To have withstood incarceration for all those years and not be bitter. To have that fantastic ability to move forward constructively, with statesmanship, for me it was just amazing and beyond what is normal.

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