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Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2015

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.

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Eric Pickles is new Conservative Friends of Israel chairman

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been appointed as the new parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.

He replaces former Hertsmere MP James Clappison, who retired before the election.

Mr Pickles’s first visit to Israel was with CFI in 1994.

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David Cameron appoints consumer rights MP Robert Halfon to the cabinet

By Marcus Dysch, May 11, 2015

Robert Halfon has been promoted to deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in David Cameron’s post-election reshuffle.

Mr Halfon, who was re-elected as Harlow MP, will also attend cabinet as minister without portfolio.

He has enjoyed a rapid rise through the Tory ranks, due largely to his reputation as a campaigner for consumer rights.

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Election 2015: Why British Jews will welcome Tory win

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

When the rosettes and the placards are packed away, the winners have caught up on sleep, and the losers have drowned their sorrows, what messages will British Jews take away from the 2015 election?

A couple of points are blatantly clear, even so soon after the declarations.

It sounds like a broken record, I know, but Ed Miliband’s stance on Israel did hurt Labour.

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Election 2015: Ros Altmann set to take key job in new government

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a key position at the centre of government after the Conservatives' election win was confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Ms Altmann will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education. Her appointment, announced during the campaign, was dependent on the Conservatives forming the next government.

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Election 2015: The key results to look for

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2015

The waiting is over. After months of campaigning, policy announcements and debates, election day is here.

The JC will be providing coverage throughout the night as results come in from across the country.

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Labour telling Orthodox Jews I’m gay, claims Tory candidate Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Conservative election candidate has claimed Labour campaigners attempted to discourage Orthodox Jews from voting for him by telling them he is gay.

Mike Freer is standing for re-election in Finchley and Golders Green – the constituency with the highest number of Jewish voters in Britain.

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David Cameron worried over Labour’s ‘wrong’ direction on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2015

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David Cameron has spoken of his concern about Labour’s approach to Israel and Hamas as he begins his final tour of Britain before election day.

Campaigning in the Hendon constituency in north-west London, the Prime Minister said he understood the fears of the Jewish community in the face of the terror threat and attacks on Israel.

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Theresa May's Bnei Akiva Yom Ha'atzmaut speech

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May gave the keynote speech at Bnei Akiva's Yom Ha'aztmaut event.

The Conservative minister spoke about Israel's technological successes and the country's relationship with Britain.

She told an audience at Finchley United Synagogue about her hopes for peace in the Middle East.

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Ros Altmann: 'Orthodox Jewish women can take leadership roles'

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a ministerial position “at the heart of government” if the Conservatives are elected to power, the prime minister has announced.

Dr Altmann, who will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education, will also be made a Tory peer irrespective of the election outcome on May 7.

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