Town hall chiefs from across the country and political spectrum have backed the Board of Deputies’ Jewish Manifesto for Local Government and its Ten Local Commitments.
The Ten Local Commitments summarise the manifesto and include support for the full International Holocaust Remembrance Association definition of antisemitism, faith-sensitive coroners’ services and specialist Jewish social care services. You can read the full Manifesto here.
Leading councillors who have backed the Ten Local Commitments include:
The Chair of The Local Government Association Conservatives, David Simmons CBE, said:
“Councillors and candidates alike will benefit from reading the manifesto and local commitments. Local councils are the bedrock of local communities and understanding the needs and expectations of our Jewish residents is a vital part of serving all of our people effectively.”
The Chair of the Local Government Association Labour, Cllr Nick Forbes, said:
“It is encouraging that the Board of Deputies are recognising the importance of engaging with local authorities by putting together a manifesto that makes a wide range of recommendations relating to Jewish communities all over the country.
“These recommendations relate to issues including social care, community cohesion, education and planning, which are important issues across all of local government. I look forward to seeing how Labour in local government can continue to work with the Board of Deputies to make sure that Jewish voices are listened to in our communities.”
The Chair of the Local Government Association Liberal Democrats, Cllr Howard Sykes MBE said:
“I am delighted that Liberal Democrat candidates have backed the Board of Deputies Ten Local Commitments as part of their Jewish Manifesto for Local Government. I am proud to say, that I enacted many of the recommendations now included in the Manifesto when I was Leader of Oldham Council.”
The Ten Local Commitments are:
Oppose antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred and all forms of racism. Adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism and its appended examples to provide guidance to elected officials and public servants about this persistent form of prejudice.
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