Conservative party

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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