South Lakeland District Council votes to condemn antisemitism

Councillors have voted unanimously to adopt a clear and strong stance against antisemitism.

We have agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.

Our Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, who tabled a motion before Full Council, said: “I thought we had left this kind of racism behind a long time ago and I have been quite horrified and saddened by the evidence that antisemitism still exists.

“We must be unequivocal in expressing our distaste for antisemitism and I am delighted that councillors from all parties voted to pass the motion unanimously.

“Together, local politicians in South Lakeland are united in condemning antisemitism, wishing to make it perfectly clear that this kind of bigotry and racism has no place in British society.

“This motion sends a strong, cross-party message on this issue to Jewish communities and all who experience hate crime.”

Cllr Archibald’s motion was seconded by Cllr David Webster, Labour member for Ulverston East.

We voted to adopt the IHRA definition following consultation with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).

Marc Levy, North West regional manager at the JLC, said: “We are delighted that South Lakeland District Council has unanimously adopted the IHRA definition on antisemitism.

“Jewish communities know it is vital there is a clear and practical definition that will allow us to fight antisemitism in all its forms. I look forward to continuing to work with South Lakeland District Council as we continue to make strides in this area.”