JLC Weekly with Simon Johnson - 5th May 2017

In the first of a series of weekly videos, JLC Chief Executive gives his thoughts on the snap General Election, what the JLC will be doing during this period, the upcoming French Presidential election on Sunday and his best wishes to the Duke Of Edinburgh. 



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Statement on suspension of Liberal Democrat candidate David Ward

Commenting on the suspension of David Ward as a Liberal Democrat member and Parliamentary Candidate for the forthcoming General Election, JLC CEO Simon Johnson said:

“The action taken by Tim Farron to sack David Ward as a candidate for the 2017 General Election is the right one and we welcome it. The selection of David Ward for Bradford East was an error, and rightly criticised by politicians from all parties. Mr Ward’s views are offensive, and he has been an unrepentant serial offender. It is important that all parties have a zero tolerance approach to antisemitism”.


Jewish community deeply disappointed at Labour’s decision not to expel Livingstone


Click to watch JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson react to the Livingstone decision

Given that Ken Livingstone has been found guilty, we are deeply disappointed at the decision not to expel him from the Labour Party. A temporary suspension is no more than a slap on the wrist.  Mr Livingstone’s inaccurate and antagonistic comments including over the past 40 years have had a huge impact on the Jewish community. We feel that the Labour Party should have had the courage to address this deeply offensive behaviour with a firmer penalty. 

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Official definition of antisemitism adopted by Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Following extensive consultation with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

At a Board meeting of the GMCA, a report on Challenging Hate and Building Cohesion was presented and accepted and the proposal to adopt the definition was overwhelmingly agreed, meaning it will be applied in the area. 

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Balfour 100: March 2017

In the coming months leading up to the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on 2nd November 2017, the Balfour 100 Steering committee has been working on a number of events and commemorations to mark the anniversary. 

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Sir Mick Davis to stand down as JLC Chair

Sir Mick Davis announced this week that he will not be seeking re-election as Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council. In a letter to the JLC’s Council of Membership, Sir Mick explained that “the time is right to allow others with equal passion to take the Community forward with a fresh vision.”

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Homophobic hate crime at JW3


Commenting on the homophobic graffiti daubed on banners at JW3, JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson said:

“We utterly condemn this vile, hateful, homophobic attack on our member JW3. The response by JW3 illustrated the openness and vibrancy of the community centre. We are glad that programming will go ahead as scheduled and we look forward to the perpetrators being brought to justice.”


VIDEO: Jewish School Awards 2017


Jewish Manchester: A Seminar for Local Councillors


The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish Leadership Council and Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region joined together on Sunday to run ‘Jewish Manchester: A Seminar for Local Councillors’, at Heathlands Village, home of The Fed.

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Jewish Community Responds To UCL Report On October Disturbances

Joint statement from The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Community Security Trust, Jewish Leadership Council and the Union of Jewish Students

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