Boris JohnsonMayor of London Boris Johnson has signed up to an international anti-Semitism initiative, with American Jewish leaders praising his “admirable” participation.

Johnson lent his name to the ‘Mayors United Against Antisemitism’ campaign, originating in the United States but which now includes mayors in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.

The Board of Deputies said it was “heartened” by his commitment, while Johnson said: “It is important for mayors to stand shoulder to shoulder to condemn and challenge antisemitism, which, like all forms of religious or racial discrimination, has no place in our cities.”

David Harris, chief executive of U.S-based advocacy organisation AJC, said: “Mayor Johnson’s leadership in unequivocally confronting the antisemitism scourge is admirable, and reinforces Britain’s democratic values.”