Antisemitism in Local Authorities

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

International Definition of Antisemitism

The Council has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, including all of its examples.

The Definition was adopted on 29th January 2020.

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it does apply the Definition in disciplinary matters.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 26th July 2021, to which the Council responded on 6th September 2021.

As part of its response, the Council provided its report of a Cabinet meeting on 13th January 2020 and minutes of a Council meeting on 29th January 2020, which show that the Definition was adopted.


The following are recent incidents relating to the Council’s officials or councillors that have been reported to us, however we recognise that antisemitism is chronically underreported and it is possible that there are incidents that have not been reported. To report an incident, please contact us.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Councillor Tim Swift, refused to act against a fellow Councillor and Cabinet member Jenny Lynn, who organised an anti-Israel rally, where it was reported that antisemitic chanting and a sign bearing a swastika were present, causing outrage.