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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.


Foreign Secretary may get rougher ride at this year's Israel meeting

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

The Foreign Secretary's views on the Iran nuclear deal and prospects for peace in the Middle East will feature at next week's Conservative Party annual conference.

Philip Hammond is due to speak at the Conservative Friends of Israel reception on Tuesday night, in what is one of the most popular Tory fringe sessions.


George Osborne under fire over plan to lead trade delegation to Iran

By Sandy Rashty, September 25, 2015

Experts have rounded on Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to lead a business delegation to Iran next year.

British and Israeli researchers say that Mr Osborne is prioritising trade over Iranian human rights abuses and the ongoing threat the county poses to the Jewish state.


Sir Malcolm Rifkind cleared over 'cash-for-access' allegation

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2015

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has been cleared of any wrongdoing after he was implicated in a “cash-for-access” row earlier this year.

The former Foreign Secretary was secretly filmed appearing to offer his services to a private firm for cash.


All Britain must join fight against antisemitism, urges Sajid Javid

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has called on the whole nation to fight extremism and antisemitism.

Speaking at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual dinner, Mr Javid said he was repeatedly told about the concern being caused by rising Jew-hatred.


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.


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.