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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The government’s decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza was the cause of a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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Baroness Warsi quits government over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2014

Baroness Warsi has become the first minister to quit the government over its policy on Gaza.

The Faith and Communities Minister, who also had a role as a Foreign Office minister, resigned on Tuesday morning.

She said: “With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister and tendered my resignation. I can no longer support government policy on Gaza.”

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Pro-Israel MP Margot James says country’s action in Gaza is ‘disproportionate’

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has come under pressure to alter the government’s stance on Israel’s action in Gaza.

Stourbridge MP Margot James, a strong supporter of Israel who has visited the country with Conservative Friends of Israel, said she was aghast at the scale of Palestinian suffering.

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When the wrestler met the Conservative MP

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

What do a Jewish MP and a professional wrestler have in common? Quite a lot it turns out.

In one of the more bizarre and unexpected of Westminster’s many meetings and debates, Conservative MP Lee Scott took part in a discussion with prominent Jewish American wrestler, Robbie E.

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Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.

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Tory MP Michael Fabricant apologises over 'punch a journalist' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 20, 2014

A Conservative MP has apologised after posting a tweet saying he would like to punch a female journalist in the throat.

Michael Fabricant, whose late father Isaac was the rabbi of Brighton and Hove Synagogue, targeted Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after she appeared on a television debate.

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Elections 2014: Labour the big winners in London and the north

By Marcus Dysch, Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, May 29, 2014

On a night when Ukip made significant gains across the country, in areas of high Jewish population it was Labour that was the big winner.

Ed Miliband’s party made significant advances in four London boroughs with sizeable Jewish communities, placing it in a leading position to capture seats at next year’s general election.

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Mixed fortunes for Jewish candidates in local elections

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2014

The local election results have produced a mixture of outcomes for Jewish candidates and voters.

By Friday afternoon only a handful of councils with Jewish interest had returned their results.

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UK-Israel trade ties start on campus, says Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

By Sandy Rashty, February 7, 2014

After five years of economic dearth, a UK government investment of more than £400 million has been welcomed by business figures and diplomats. What’s more, it is set to boost economic ties between the UK and Israel.

At least £15 million of the £415 million injection will go towards fostering entrepreneurial initiatives in universities across eight UK cities.

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Disraeli the cad, Disraeli the bounder

By David Cesarani, November 17, 2013

To many Jews there was a pleasing symmetry when Ed Miliband invoked Benjamin Disraeli in a much-trumpeted speech in Manchester in October 2010. Here was a Jewish leader of the Opposition Labour Party, with a fair chance of becoming the next prime minister, recalling the vision of Britain articulated by the country’s sole Jewish-born premier.

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