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 It's an absolute honor and a privilege for me to be here tonight and I am so glad that you have invited me and to this amazing interfaith celebration and prayer event. It's the first time that I've been to this synagogue and despite having lived in Leeds for a long time, but I very much hope it won't be my last.

At this difficult time when we're all hurting, particularly members of the communities who are most affected, it's so important that we all come together in order to pray, to share our sorrow, to share our hopes for peace, because peace is what we all seek, and peace is what we need to find, both in our hearts and in the world around us.

We can only start with ourselves. And hope that that goes further and has, in the end, an effect on the world. So on behalf of the city of Leeds, in my position as Lord Mayor, I wish everyone peace now and forever. 

 Thank  you