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Tory complacency is a worrying sign

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2016

There was one peculiarity in Westminster that you may have missed in the annual fog of confusion associated with keeping up with what is happening in the world while marking four major chagim in as many weeks.

On the afternoon of Kol Nidre last week, the Commons committee investigating rising antisemitism slipped in a previously unscheduled, last minute, hearing.


Tim Farron defends Lib Dem approach to Jew-hate, as Tory leader fails to attend inquiry

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2016

Tim Farron has told a parliamentary inquiry the Liberal Democrats is a party “that does not tolerate antisemitism”.

Pressed to explain the action taken against Lib Dems who have made offensive remarks about Jews in the past, the party leader said he had worked to reach out to the Jewish community.


Boris Johnson pledges to work with Israel as Foreign Secretary

By Marcus Dysch, October 5, 2016

Boris Johnson has told an audience of hundreds of Conservatives that Britain and Israel “must stand and work together”.

The Foreign Secretary addressed around 300 people at the Conservative Friends of Israel’s biggest-ever party conference reception in Birmingham on Tuesday evening.


We won't fail you, Tory chairman tells Jewish community

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2016

The chairman of the Conservative Party has dismissed suggestions that the Tories are not doing enough to appeal to the Jewish community.

Sir Patrick McLoughlin said it was "a bit unfair" for critics to claim his party had largely remained silent during Labour's antisemitism crisis.


Tories must avoid drift on community issues

By Marcus Dysch, September 29, 2016

Sir Patrick McLoughlin is a perfectly affable chap, but he could not reasonably be said to be one of the highest profile Conservatives.

Yet he was the only figure the party was prepared to put up for interview with the Jewish media ahead of next week's conference in Birmingham - and even then only a 10-minute slot was granted.


'Unprecedented' demand from Conservatives for Israel tours

By Daniel Sugarman, August 23, 2016

A group of Conservative MPs and peers are visiting Israel this week, in the ninth trip of its type since the general election last year.

The visit, organised by Conservative Friends of Israel, will see UK parliamentarians meet both Israeli MKs and David Quarrey, the British Ambassador. They will receive strategic briefings and tour the country’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.


What Prime Minister Theresa May could mean for British Jews

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2016

When Theresa May attended a Board of Deputies meeting and held a sign declaring “Je Suis Juif” a week after the atrocity at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, some thought it was merely an opportunistic photo opportunity.


The hopefuls who could fight to be next Prime Minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 29, 2016

Theresa May
Home Secretary, MP

As the longest-serving Home Secretary for more than a century, Mrs May is perhaps better placed than any other politician to understand British Jews’ concerns on extremism and rising antisemitism.


Tory mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith samples falafel in Golders Green

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2016

The Conservative candidate for London mayor Zac Goldsmith said he had “lots of delicious food” during a tour across north-west London with lobby-group Conservative Friends of Israel today.

Mr Goldsmith, who is hoping to succeed Boris Johnson at next month’s election, started the sunny Sunday morning in Edgware before heading to Golders Green.


Senior Conservative suspended amid 'antisemitism speech' allegations

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2016

A senior Conservative Party member has been suspended by the party after a Labour MP claimed he made antisemitic remarks at the launch of a local election campaign.

Abdul Zaman was said to have made inappropriate comments about Jews and women while speaking at a Bradford Conservative Association event.