As Jewish people here in Britain and all over the world light the first candle of the menorah this evening, I want to wish you all a very happy Chanukah.

Today, we remember the story of Chanukah, when a band of Jewish freedom fighters, led by Judah Maccabee fought back against Seleucid rule, which sought to stop Jews practicing their religion – and, against extraordinary odds, they won.

Their struggle against oppression, for religious freedom serves as a lesson to us today.

Chanukah means dedication so let us rededicate ourselves this year to the search for a more just, peaceful and equal world.

Chanukah Sameach.