In Focus with Marcus Stead Episode 4: Graham Perry

Graham Perry
Graham Perry

In this edition, Marcus Stead talks to Graham Perry, a leading authority on China and Anti-Semitism, as well as a former radio presenter on LBC during the 1990s.

Is China’s economic development and growing political influence something that should be feared or embraced? What will the long-term implications be for the USA’s dominance as the world’s leading political and economic power? Is China creating a slave empire in Africa, or is Chinese investment crucial to the continent’s economic development?

The podcast was recorded at the time when Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner have received the draft report into antisemitism from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Graham has extensive experience as a speaker and educator on the subject of Anti-Semitism, including to the Welsh Labour Party and Wales’s First Minister, Mark Drakeford, who wrote him a letter of appreciation for his work.

Graham graduated from Churchill College Cambridge with degrees in History and Economics in 1968.

He qualified as a Solicitor and became a Partner in Clinton-Davis & Co in Hackney, East London and focused on representing clients in the Magistrates Courts of North-East London.

He made a career switch in 1979 when he joined the family firm, London Export Corporation, set up in 1953 by Jack Perry to focus on Trade with China.

Graham made his final career change when he became an independent commercial arbitrator resolving disputes between companies involved in the trans-national shipment of food, feeding stuffs and oils – which work he continues to undertake.

Graham was a Justice of the Peace from 1986 to 2002 and an Immigration Judge from 2002 to 2015.

He has made 100+ visits to China on business, with political groups and most recently with former Lord Chief Justice Woolf whom Graham arranged to give Lectures in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on the Rule of Law.

Graham writes and lectures on two main topics – China and Anti-Semitism and honed his presentational skills with LBC before focusing exclusively on his arbitration work.

The podcast is available on the Talk Podcasts website, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud and the TuneIn app.

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