Bromsgrove MP pays tribute to 'healer' Mandela

By Tristan Harris Wednesday 11 December 2013 Updated: 12/12 23:49

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BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has paid his own personal tribute to Nelson Mandela who died last Thursday (December 5) at the age of 95.

A national memorial service for South Aftica's former president, which took place on Tuesday (December 10) at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, was attended by an array of international dignatries.

Mr Javid said: "Nelson Mandela taught his country, and the watching world, that the true path to peace comes from compassion and understanding.

"Britain has long embraced this creed, but those who are tempted to fall into misunderstanding and suspicion need only look to Mandela to realise that there is a better way.

"For this, he will always be remembered."

Mr Javid has also written a piece entitled What Mandela meant to my generation' for the Conservative Home website.

In it he praised Mandela for bringing together two cultures that had been broken by years of conflict and for showing them how to look on each other’s differences not with suspicion, but with curiosity and compassion.

"Mandela was not just the champion of minorities, nor South Africa’s first black president. He was a healer.

"Having endured the indignity of prison for nearly three decades, he walked free to teach his country, and the world, that the real path to peace comes from understanding your neighbour," he added.

To read the piece in full, visit

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