Conservative party

Tories at ease while Labour hide divisions

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

What a difference a week makes. The Conservative gathering in Birmingham had none of the underlying tension over Israel that was felt among Labour activists at their conference.

The Conservative Friends of Israel event with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was as packed as any fringe session to be found throughout the entire conference season.

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Israel must not alienate Western opinion, Philip Hammond tells Tories

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said he wants to help secure a better future for Israel.

He told a packed Conservative Friends of Israel reception at the party conference in Birmingham that his party had been consistent in its support of the country during the Gaza conflict.

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Tories promise crackdown on extremists

By Naomi Firsht, September 30, 2014

Neo-Nazi groups will face a television and social media ban if the Conservatives are re-elected in 2015, according to plans expected to be announced today by Home Secretary Theresa May.

She is due to address the Conservative party conference in Birmingham about new measures as part of a crackdown on extremism.

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Jewish minister Brooks Newmark resigns from government

By JC Reporter, September 27, 2014

Jewish Conservative MP Brooks Newmark has resigned from the government over allegations published in a Sunday newspaper.

Mr Newmark, MP for Braintree, left his post as minister for civil society saying he remained “a loyal supporter of this government”.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said David Cameron had accepted Mr Newmark's resignation.

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Why community holds the key to Tory poll ambitions

By Robert Philpot, September 23, 2014

This weekend, the Conservatives will gather in Birmingham knowing that David Cameron has just seven months until he has his second, and surely final, shot at securing the parliamentary majority which eluded him four years ago.

As it has on previous occasions, the "Jewish vote" - which swung to Margaret Thatcher in 1979 and then to Tony Blair in 1997 - will prove an excellent barometer of which

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Theresa May pledges to tackle shocking rise in antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2014

The government is committed to tackling the rise of antisemitism in Britain and is working to support the Jewish community in combatting it, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

“It is truly shocking the extent to which we’ve seen antisemitism – verbal, physical, online – in recent weeks. This is not something that should be tolerated,” Mrs May said.

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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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