We stand together


The leaders of all the political parties represented in Kirklees have come together to issue a statement against racism and religious prejudice.


As a council we believe in inclusion and diversity. More specifically, we believe in the diversity of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, experiences, and the inclusion of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, language, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or age.

Diversity has given so much to Kirklees, in every part of our borough people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds live and work together to build communities, deliver services and improve each other’s lives.

At this time we are presented with an extremely difficult and complex national situation after the referendum, locally we mourn the horrific murder of our MP Jo Cox and internationally we witness further terrorist attacks.

In such an environment it is all too easy for politicians to disagree on the causes and the solutions.

However, in Kirklees we are united. All political parties promote the same collective view and act against hate and intolerance and in favour of a diverse, tolerant and inclusive Kirklees.  We know that to truly tackle racism, we all need to speak out together,  and we are: We stand united against racism and xenophobia in all forms. 

Leaders of all parties at Kirklees Council made a statement of unity:

“We all agree with Nelson Mandela when he said that ‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”


Cllr David Sheard (Lab)                                                                                   Cllr Shabir Pandor (Lab)

Leader of Kirklees Council                                                                            Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council


Cllr David Hall (Con)

Opposition Leader


Cllr Nicola Turner (LD)

Opposition Leader


Cllr Andrew Cooper (Green)

Opposition Leader


Cllr Charles Greaves (Independents)

Opposition Leader


Cllr Masood Ahmed (Lab)

Cabinet Member – Cohesion & Schools



  • Come and join us at our Hug For Humanity UK event currently being organised for Huddersfield.
    Hug For or Humanity aim to bring hugging events UK wide bringing communities together in the face of intolerance..
    We will rise above the hatred with love. It would be wonderful to get something more positive happening within our communities and in the media to show the UK and the world that we’re not all filled with hate but with love and compassion.
    We desperately need to get some LOVE out there!
    We are all citizens of the world whatever our nationality, sexual orientation, race, colour, age, ability, rich or poor etc.We are, indeed, all human – all citizens of the earth. <3
    This call for (hugging) action is non political, non religious and not-for-profit and has no hidden agendas other than connecting with each other through a hug. xhttps://www.facebook.com/HugForHumanityUK/

  • Spot on statement let’s hope we can all learn to love in the Mandela way …

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