"I want to pay tribute to the work of the Warrington Ethnic Communities Association and the Manchester Muslim Jewish Forum, who bring together our diverse communities, alongside the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust and Remembering Srebrenica who do incredible work locally in education and in celebrating all that which we have in common. I want also to the thank Community Security Trust for their work in keeping the Jewish community safe, and in their personal support to me in the antisemitic abuse I regularly receive on social media and by email. Solidarity is our greatest weapon against genocide and hatred, and these organisations really exemplify that.
The theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is to "be the light" which dovetails with the message of hope from Tu B’Shvat which marks the time when the sap starts flowing in the trees again, the welcome reminder of nature’s rhythm and light returning after the darkness, of trees growing, blooming, fruiting.
As we remember those who can no longer share their own stories, may all of us do what we can to commit in their memories to being the light and never standing by."