Statement on Palestine

As my campaign has gained momentum over the last few weeks I’ve consistently been asked one question ” What is your position on Gaza”.

Whilst outside the narrow remit of the mayor role the question is legitimate and demands an answer.

This statement is an attempt to unambiguously state my position on the current situation in Gaza and the wider Palestine/ Israel conflict.

Fundamentally I believe that:-

  • The civilian population in Gaza is suffering  an existential genocide. The UK government and opposition in failing to call immediately for a ceasefire have in part facilitated that genocide.
  • There must be an immediate and permanent ceasefire.
  • All occupying and invasion forces should permanently withdraw from Gaza.
  • Where state sponsored war crimes have been committed there should be accountability through the International Criminal Court along with reparations paid directly to the affected parties and wider civilian population.
  • Peace, security and justice require that there is a viable Palesitinian state not dependent on Israeli sanction for its normal existence. That state should be able to arm and defend itself on the same basis as any other sovereign nation.
  • Any 2 state solution must have an economically viable Palestinian state at its core.

More widely I believe that;-

  • The UK should focus on its own internal challnges. It should cease acting as a world force and should not participate in any foreign conflict where there is not an immediate and obvious risk to UK security.
  • Levels of immigration to the UK have reached unacceptable levels. Those immigration levels are not the fault of the migrants who have all to frequently been driven here by UK sponsored conflict in their homelands. Ending foreign wars is the key to controlling immigration levels.
  • The UK should exit NATO.
  • All groups have the right to peaceful protest. The UK government is cynically engineering an end to freedom of speech, thought and association.



As mayor of West Yorkshire my focus will inevitably be on domestic issues. This statement is intended to ensure that electors understand my position. As mayor I will have very limited opportunity to advance  any of the above positions. I will use the position to speak on behalf of the oppressed whether at home or abroad.


Jonathan Tilt

11 March 2024.






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