Sadiq Khan chooses Holocaust commemoration for first public event as mayor

Sadiq Khan with Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Credit: PA

Sadiq Khan chose a Jewish community Holocaust commemoration as the first public event of his mayoralty.

He joined thousands at Barnet Copthall stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club, to mark Yom HaShoah – the Jewish Community’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Speakers at the event included Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott and the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The attendance of Mr Khan comes at a time when the Labour Party is accused of anti-semitism within its ranks.

Sadiq Khan chose the Holocaust commemoration for his first public event as mayor Credit: PA

What today’s theme is about is remembering, reflecting, but also educating the next generations about the Holocaust. Today was moving. I met Holocaust survivors, their children, their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren, and I think as the mayor of London it was really important I was here today.

Sadiq Khan

He added his visit was "far, far bigger, and far more important than the Labour Party".