Board issues manifestos for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish elections


Manifestos of Jewish concerns have been produced aimed at assisting candidates standing for election to the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in May.

The documents were created by the Board of Deputies and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, and Jewish representative councils in Wales and Northern Ireland.

It is the first time such documents have been created for the polls – which take place on May 5 – but it follows the successful publication of a manifesto before last year’s general election and the 2014 European Union elections.

The documents ask politicians at the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly to make 10 commitments on issues including religious observance, acting responsibly when commenting on the Middle East conflict, and backing Holocaust education.

They will be sent to candidates from the main parties in each election.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie were presented with copies at the Scottish Parliament.

Members of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and Glasgow Jewish Rep Council handed over the document.

In Wales – backed by the South Wales Jewish Representative Council – it is the first ever Jewish policy document produced in the Welsh language.

The Board also presented copies to Ms Foster, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness and leaders of the SDLP, Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance Party during a visit to Stormont in Belfast.

Hustings events are being organised in Glasgow and Cardiff in April.

Board chief executive Gillian Merron said she was “delighted” with the manifesto.

“We hope that our communities will use the documents in their efforts to inform candidates about the community’s priorities and enable the next crop of national elected representatives to champion Jewish interests and concerns with increased understanding and effectiveness,” she said.

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