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Hendon MP Matthew Offord reselected for 2015

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Hendon MP Matthew Offord will defend his seat after being reselected for the Conservatives for the 2015 general election.

He will take on the man he beat three years ago, Labour candidate Andrew Dismore, in what is likely to be one of the closest campaigns of the election.

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JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein to join Lords as new Peers revealed

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

Times associate editor and JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein has been made a Conservative peer.

He was included on a list of working peerages announced by Downing Street today.

Mr Finkelstein, who is also a JC board member, was previously head of policy at the Conservative Party.

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New Parliamentary chairman for Conservative Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

Conservative Friends of Israel’s Parliamentary chairman, James Arbuthnot, is to retire from the role.

He will be replaced by Hertsmere MP James Clappison.

Mr Clappison is currently a vice-chairman of the group, but will take on the top position temporarily while CFI considers a permanent appointment.

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Thatcher thought Tories were 'sacrificing Jews' in Finchley

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2013

Margaret Thatcher believed that the Conservative Party was "sacrificing [Jewish supporters] unnecessarily" when she fought her first election in Finchley, according to a new biography of the late prime minister.

In Charles Moore's authorised biography, he notes that when she won the seat for the first time in 1959, "there was some antisemitic feeling" in the local Conservative association.

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Minister warns against Muslim antisemitism in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, April 19, 2013

A government minister has spoken out against “antisemitism in the Muslim community” in Britain.

Baroness Warsi, the Minister for Faith and Communities, said that anti-Zionism was often a mask for anti-Jewish hatred.

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First female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2013

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87.

The Conservative politician, who took office in 1979 and remains this country's longest serving leader, suffered a stroke on Monday morning.

She was elected as MP for Finchley in 1959, where during the campaign she infuriated local Conservatives by standing with the Liberals to fight a golf club's exclusion of Jews.

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Galloway: Only friends of Israel given Middle East minister role

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2013

George Galloway has accused the minister for the Middle East of being in his post because of his past involvement with Conservative Friends of Israel in an attack on Britain's history in the region.

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How dare she tell us all to leave

By Daniel Finkelstein, February 25, 2013

'Which do you find more difficult? Being a Tory or being a Jew?" It was another evening speaking at a synagogue and another characteristically blunt audience question.

I stumbled through a response: "Erm, well, before 1997 when the Tories were in power and very unpopular that was quite hard. But, um, after 9/11 I did get quite a few pieces of antisemitic correspondence".

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Stag party MP Aidan Burley to stand for Conservatives again in 2015

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2013

A Conservative MP who attended a stag party probed by French police for alleged Nazi-themed antics will stand for the party in the 2015 election.

Aidan Burley, who was elected to serve Cannock Chase in 2010, has been reselected to fight the seat once again.

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Man who took on the BNP to contest Hampstead and Kilburn for Conservatives

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2013

A Camden councillor who took on Nick Griffin at the 2010 election is hoping to become Hampstead's first Conservative MP – and first Jewish MP - in more than 20 years.

Simon Marcus, 40, who grew up in the area and had his barmitzvah at New London Synagogue, was selected to contest Hampstead and Kilburn for the party in 2015.

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