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Yes, I have regrets but I am still proud to be a Tatler Tory

By Jeremy Brier, November 26, 2015

Do Jews read Tatler? I expect so, if only to see what parties we're not invited to. But generally I doubt it's furnishing the coffee tables of many homes across North London so perhaps Tatler should think about expanding more into our market. What about Britain's Hottest Rabbis? Meet the Jewish Princesses Taking New York By Storm? Or, maybe, the Top 10 Finest Jewish Stately Homes?


No security threat from new arrivals, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2015

The House of Commons’ members’ tea room overlooking the Thames feels a long way from the horrors of Raqqa, Aleppo and Damascus.

But as Richard Harrington eats a slice of cake in the refined surroundings of Westminster, the desperate situation in Syria is foremost in his mind.


Communal groups urge Labour to take action against Gerald Kaufman over ‘Jewish money’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, November 2, 2015

Leading communal bodies have asked the Labour Party to censure Sir Gerald Kaufman after the veteran MP accused Israel of fabricating attacks and claimed the Conservative Party has been influenced by “Jewish money”.


Luciana Berger joins MPs and community leaders to highlight importance of poverty charity’s work in Israel conflict

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger spoke movingly at a reception for Israel poverty charity Manna Meir Panim, which was held in Parliament on Monday evening.


Sir Eric Pickles: Foreign Office is ignoring Palestinian incitement in 'pathological' desire to be balanced

By Marcus Dysch, October 16, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel chairman Sir Eric Pickles has accused the Foreign Office of “turning a blind eye” to Palestinian incitement as violence flares in Israel.

The former cabinet minister said Palestinian society had been “harmed by a widespread culture of hate” and “glorification of terror and violence against Jews and Israel”.


Baroness Williams stresses importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Baroness Williams stressed the importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives in Britain in the wake of the increasing violence in Israel.


Philip Hammond mocks Jeremy Corbyn over Israel speech

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has moved to reassure supporters of Israel of the government’s “unshakeable commitment" to the country.


Government acts to stop local councils boycotting Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2015

The government has announced plans to amend legislation in order to stop local councils launching politically-motivated boycotts of Israel.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark said the move would be a challenge to “the politics of division”.

It will aim to stop councils running divesting campaigns against UK defence companies and Israeli interests.


Zac Goldsmith selected as Tories' London mayor candidate

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2015

Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Conservative candidate for next year’s London Mayoral election.

Mr Goldsmith, whose late father Sir James Goldsmith and grandfather were Jewish, won with a landslide victory – collecting 70 per cent of the votes in the Tory selection process.

He will take on Labour candidate Sadiq Khan next May in the battle to succeed Boris Johnson in City Hall.


Minister for the Jews? He’s the nearest thing

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

From his desk overlooking Westminster Abbey, Sir Eric Pickles is in prime position to consider an issue particularly close to his heart.

It is from here that the former Conservative minister, a committed Christian, assesses the role faith plays in modern Britain.