Andrew attended Prime Minister's Questions today to raise awareness of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).
Holocaust Memorial Day is an annual commemoration (January 27) in memory of victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides – including in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It's also an opportunity to honour Holocaust survivors who continue to work tirelessly educating young people on the Holocaust today.
You can read Andrew's question and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's response below.
“Mr. Speaker, at the end of this month on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the nation will come together once again to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme this year is ‘stand together’. Will my right honourable friend commit to agreeing with the Holocaust Educational Trust who say that, welcome though it is, signatures in books are not as valuable as action. Will he commit more action to stamp out antisemitism and all intolerance in this country”?
“Yes Mr. Speaker, I along with my Honourable friend and others will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day and we are, as he knows, in this government, in this house – I think across the house, wanting to do absolutely everything we can to stamp-out the resurgence of antisemitism. Which I myself as someone now of 55 years, I find it absolutely incredible that in the 21st century we have antisemitism rising again in this country. It is a disgrace and we must stamp it out.”