George Floyd: Kirklees Council support protests

Kirklees Council is one of a number of local authorities in Britain that have declared their support for protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in the USA…

Earlier this month, town halls across Kirklees and the landmark Castle Hill in Huddersfield were lit up in purple to show the Council’s ‘sympathy to the family of George Floyd and in support of Black Lives Matter.’

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Racism has no place in Kirklees or anywhere else in the world. Our biggest strength in Kirklees is our diversity and that is something I’m truly proud to be part of.

“I’m deeply disturbed by the death of George Floyd. This has rightly shocked and outraged the world and we at Kirklees Council stand with those who are peacefully protesting.

“We wanted to display this in some way and that is why we will be lighting our town halls purple.

Cllr Pandor (who is also a NABAEMC Executive Committee Member) went on to say: “Our action is an important symbol of solidarity but we know it needs to be supported by long term action.  Change will only be long lasting if we can build an economy that is inclusive, where children can achieve their potential and where our recovery from the pandemic tackles inequality head on.”

The Council has since released a video on YouTube outlining its commitment to tackle racism and inequality across the district.