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Tony Leon

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For nearly twenty years Tony Leon has been a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance. A trained lawyer, Tony Leon actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa. After standing down from the leadership of the opposition in 2007, he was awarded a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Past Events

2013

Tony Leon from South Africa talked to John Carlin about his career as "Accidental Ambassador".

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Tony Leon is a well-known politician in South Africa who was an active participant in the constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa.  After retirement from parliament, where he was leader of the opposition, he became what he calls “an accidental ambassador” in South America.

In this exclusive London event for Jewish Book Week to present volume two of his recollections, Tony Leon reflected in conversation with journalist John Carlin on “Jews, Nazi war criminals and other extreme contradictions from the far South”.

2009

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

In his autobiography, On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in the New South Africa, Tony Leon, leader of the opposition to the ANC for thirteen years, looks back on a half century of South African politics from the fight to end Apartheid to the birth and near death of the Democratic Alliance and his struggle with Thabo Mbeki over AIDS, Zimbabwe and race. In a no-holds-barred assessment he provided an insider’s account of the dramas and events which have helped shape and define modern South Africa.

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.