Last updated: 2005-04-22
Political leaders across the UK have united to wish the Jewish community Passover greetings. Read messages from London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Tory leader Michael Howard and Lib Dems leader Charles Kennedy.
Ken Livingstone, London Mayor
"I would like to take this opportunity to send greetings to London's Jewish communities at this special time of Passover. As families and friends come together to mark this key event in history, the emancipation of the Jewish people from bondage, London is proud to celebrate the contributions of generations of Jewish people over hundreds of years. I wish all who are preparing to commemorate the Festival of Freedom a memorable Passover celebration."
Tony Blair, Prime Minister
"I am pleased to send my best wishes to the Jewish community observing Passover this week. During the eight days of this unique festival, Jewish families across Britain and across the world gather together to remember and celebrate this inspirational story of liberation.
The Haggadah tells of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. The narrative which unfolds at the Seder table in thousands of Jewish homes across our country is one of courage and determination overcoming might, and of freedom overcoming oppression.
These teachings are as relevant today as anytime throughout the long and proud history of the Jewish people. They also have a resonance for all of us, whatever our faith or background, as we work towards a future of peace and understanding.
With best wishes for a Happy Passover. Chag Sameach."
Charles Kennedy, Liberal Democrats leader
"Passover celebrates freedom and renewal, bringing an annual cycle of renewed hope. Because it is celebrated by a family meal it also strengthens the important role of the family in Jewish life. The departure from slavery in Egypt was 3000 years ago and still Israel is not at peace.
I express my hope that this year brings peace to the Jewish community in Great Britain and in Israel, free from threat and terror. Happy Pesach."
Michael Howard, Conservative leader
"Passover, for me, is about freedom and deliverance from tyranny. The story of Passover reverberates right down Jewish history. For me, and thousands of other British Jews, it has a very personal relevance. If my family had not found freedom in Britain they probably would not have escaped the Holocaust. So Passover not only reminds me of my Jewish heritage but of how I owe everything to Britain."