One United Leicestershire


  In 2020 Leicester Council of Faiths held a Unity declaration launch event.  Following messages and actions of individuals and groups that use faith and ethnicity and political views of people as tools to sow seeds of division which impact ordinary people. We have seen attacks on minority communities in Europe and elsewhere, which often cause tensions and anxiety among the diverse communities in Leicester and Leicestershire. We condemn these attacks and oppose those that aimed to cause division.

In order to underline our commitment to human rights, cohesion, peace and respect for each other, the Leicester Council of Faiths has adopted a Unity declaration. Faith leaders and organisations from across Leicester and Leicestershire were invited to show their support by signing up to this declaration and with over 80 signatories from faith and public leaders, already we are indeed showing that Leicester and Leicestershire are united in supporting our diverse communities to live, learn and work together.



Recently we experienced messages and actions of individuals and groups that used faith and ethnicity and political views of people as tools to sow seeds of division which impacts ordinary people, including children in schools. We also live in a world that has a lot of turmoil, hatred, racism and oppression against minorities, which sometimes cause tensions and anxiety among the diverse communities in Leicester and Leicestershire.

We the undersigned as faith representatives, organisations, community centres, elected representatives, institutions and groups make this declaration as members of the Leicester and Leicestershire family.

We oppose all forms of action that aims to promote division and pit one community against the other.

We stand united in opposition to all forms of hatred and discrimination. We oppose any statements or action that claims an area is exclusive to any one faith or ethnic or class of communities.

We respect the democratic will of people and acknowledge that whilst people have differences in political opinions we should remain united in our commitment to work and live alongside each other in harmony.

We support basic human rights for all and oppose the action and words of people in positions of power or influence here and abroad that denigrate, discriminate and oppress minorities.

We will build and support the building of friendships with diverse people.

We will double our efforts to work and live alongside each other in peace and harmony and support organisations, including educational institutions and individuals that actively work to do this.

All of us, be it individuals, families, leaders and representatives of faith centres and non-faith institutions and leaders of civic and public bodies have common human values that bond us together as one human family.

In supporting this declaration of unity we are taking collective responsibility and are committed to make Leicester and Leicestershire a more united and stronger family of diverse communities, a ‘ONE UNITED LEICESTERSHIRE’.

NAME                                                            ORGANISATION/ FAITH/ INTEREST

Rt Hon Jon Ashworth MP                               Leicester South MP                                                       

Rt Hon Liz Kendall MP                                   Leicester West MP

Hon Claudia Webbe MP                                Leicester East MP

Dev Sharma                                                   Leicestershire Youth MP (Member of Youth Parliament)

Lord Willy Bach                                              Police & Crime Commissioner, Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

Simon Cole                                                    Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police

Professor Nishan Canagarajah                     President & Vice-Chancellor University of Leicester

Fayyaz Suleman                                           Chairman, Leicester Council of Faiths

Resham Singh Sandhu                                 Life Member of LCOF

Suleman Nagdi                                             Life Member of LCOF

Father John Lally                                          Vice Chairman – LCOF & Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic) Parish & Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Narendra Waghela                                       Treasurer LCOF & BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Member

Minou Courtazzi                                           Assist, Sec LCOF & The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of Leicester

Father Paskal Clement                               Leicester Anglican Diocese Representative

Cllr Ashiedu Joel                                        The Redeemed Christian Church of God Representative

Manjula Sood                                             Member of the Hindu Faith Community & Board

Harminder Singh Jagdev                           Ramgharia Sikh Gurdwara Representative

Leon Charikar                                            Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation Representative

Yasmin Surti                                               Federation of Muslim Organisations Leicestershire Representative

Sulakhan Singh Dard                                 Sikh Faith Chaplain & Member of Sikh Faith Community

Ramanbhai Barber                                     Member of the Hindu Faith Community & Board

Smita Shah                                                The Jain Centre Representative

Harsharan Kaur Mann                               Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara Representative

Julie Harrald                                               LCOF Member (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Ian Vernon                                                 The Pagan Federation – East Midlands Representative

Nikunj Bhai Shah                                       Oshwal (Jain) Association of the UK Leicester Representative

Tony Nelson                                               Leicester Hebrew Congregation Representative

Sunil Budheou                                           Shree Jalaram Mandir Representative

Rabbi Shmuli Pink                                     Member of the Jewish Faith Community

Cllr Rashimkant Joshi                                Member of the Hindu Faith Community

Reverend Levy Gono                                 Member of the Christian Faith Community

Ramesh Bellur                                           Member of the Buddhist Faith Community

Janette Macdonald                                    Member of the Bahai Faith Community

Gajendra Chhatrisha                                 Member of the Jain Centre

Ramesh Mashru                                        Member of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir

Dr. Angela Jagger                                      Member of the LCOF (Anglican Faith)

David Young                                              Member of the LCOF (Roman Catholic Faith)

Marcus Solanki                                          Member of the LCOF (Anglican Faith)

Rosemarie Fitton                                       Member of the LCOF (Multi-faith Harmony Interest)

Elizabeth Wayne                                       Member of the LCOF (Anglican Faith)

Dr.Gurpreet Parmar                                  Member of the LCOF (Sikh Faith)

Pradip Gajjar                                            Member of the LCOF (Hindu Faith)

Abdul Karim Gheewala                            Chair, Federation of Muslim Organisations Leicestershire & Chair of Masjid Al Falah

Rt Rev Joachim Kreusel                          Moravian Church

Yusuf Seedat                                           Indian Muslim Association Leicester

Zuber Hassam                                         Oadby Wigston Muslim Association, 

Kartar Singh Bring                                   Chair, UK Sikh Healthcare Chaplaincy Group, 

Mohammed Fozdar                                 Secretary Usmani Mosque, 

Sanjiv Patel                                             Head of Outreach BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, 

Farooq Murad                                         Islamic Foundation, 

Dr. Manazir Hasan                                  Markfield Institute

Monsignor John Hadley                          Dean (Roman Catholic) for Leicester and surrounding parishes 

Shockat Adam Patel                               MEND (Muslim Engagement & Development)

Cllr Vijay Ryatt                                        LCC Councillor

Cllr Sue Waddington                               LCC Councillor

Cllr Mohammed Dawood                        LCC Councillor

Mussa Saleh                                           Dedza Welfare Trust & Chasa Muslim Welfare Society of UK

Vibhooti Acharya                                     President – Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester

Cllr Ross Willmot                                    LCC Councillor & Labour Police Crime Commissioner Candidate

Jaffer Kapasi                                           Dawoodi Bohra Jamat

Bernard Glick                                          Member of the Jewish Faith

Razak Ghumran                                      Chairperson Muslim Khatri Association

Molana Abdurrahim Diwan Lajpuri          Founder – Community Radio Seerah 1575AM/MW

Reverend David Clarke                           Member of the Christian Faith

Cllr Lindsay Broadwell                            LCC Councillor & Member of the Quaker Community

Lesley Vann                                            Chair – Beltane Spring Fayre Group

Tony Modinos                                         Secretary – Beltane Spring Fayre Group

Ushaben Rajnibhai Mehta                      President – The Jain Centre

Cllr Deepak Bajaj                                   LCC Councillor

Cllr Mustafa Malik                                  LCC Councillor

Cllr Melisa March                                   LCC Councillor

Cllr Patrick Kitterick                                LCC Councillor

Abdul Razak Osman                              Iqra Aid Trust

Sylvia Thomas                                       Member of Brahma Kumaris Leicester

Ali Master                                              Masjid Al-Hussain – MKSI Leicester

Prof. Surinder Sharma                          Leicester Race Equality Centre

Hajra Makda                                         Global Poverty Relief

Ismail Makda                                        Global Poverty Relief

Bharti Acharya                                      Hon Secretary Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester

Sanjay Samani                                     Member of the Sathya Sai Centre of Leicester       

Zubeda Gangat                                    FMO

Pravinbhai Jagjivan                              Treasurer Shree Sanatan Mandir Leicester

Bhavin Jivraj                                         Member of Sathya Sai International Organisation UK

Mohammed Jamil                                 Masjid E Bilal

Dr Shahi Mehta                                    Member of Jain Faith Community (Faith Practitioner)

Pramod Thakkar                                  Chairman Jalaram Charitable Trust

Cllr Geoff Whittle                                 LCC Councillor

Sanjay Samani                                    Sathya Sai Centre

Rt Rev Joachim Kreusel                      Moravian Church

Cllr Kirk Master                                    LCC Councillor

If you or your organisation, would like to be added to the list of supporters, please contact us