Antisemitism in Local Authorities

Luton Borough Council

International Definition of Antisemitism

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism.

The Council said that the Definition was adopted on 21st January 2020.

As part of its response, the Council provided minutes of a Council meeting on 21st January 2020, which show that the Definition was adopted.

There is no reference to the examples in the minutes, accompanying report or Freedom of Information response and therefore we cannot assess with certainty whether the Definition has been adopted in full.

Campaign Against Antisemitism considers the examples to be integral to the Definition, without which an adoption is not complete. In a statement on 7th August 2018, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance reiterated the integrality of the examples to the Definition.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 16th April 2022, to which the Council responded on 8th August 2022.


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 Labour party suspended former Mayor of Luton, Councillor Tahir Khan, over alleged antisemitism.

A billboard advertising “Al Quds Day”, the annual pro-Hizballah parade through some of London”s most iconic streets, was removed following an intervention by Luton Borough Council.