Lord Janner is a Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council.
Greville Janner was born on July 11, 1928 in Cardiff, and was educated at St Paul’s School in London. During the war was evacuated to Canada, where he went to Bishop’s College School, Lennoxville, Quebec. He later studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he became president of the Cambridge Union and Chairman of the Cambridge Union Labour Club. He was also President of Trinity Hall’s Athletic Club. He then received a Fulbright and Smith-Mundt scholarship to Harvard Law School. He was called to the Bar in 1954, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1971.
In the House of Commons, Greville Janner represented Leicester North West from 1970 until 1974, then Leicester West until 1997, for the Labour Party. He was the first Labour Member of Parliament to succeed his father.
He was elected President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the main representative body of British Jewry, from 1978 to 1984, and became a key international figure in efforts to seek compensation and restitution for Holocaust victims. He is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress and President of the Commonwealth Jewish Council.
He was instrumental in arranging the 1997 London Nazi Looted Gold conference, and he chaired the Parliamentary Select Committee on Employment, from 1994-1996.
In 1997, Greville Janner received a life peerage as Lord Janner of Braunstone. He now sits on the Labour benches in the British House of Lords.
In 1955, he married Myra Sheink, born and bred in Australia, who passed away in 1996. He has three children and six grandchildren.
Lord Janner’s hobbies include autograph collections, glass and other antiquities and swimming. He speaks nine languages and is a member of the Magic Circle and also the International Brotherhood of Magicians.