Conservative party

UN bid throws party positions into sharp relief

By Martin Bright, November 29, 2012

What a difference a year makes. Last September, Ed Miliband marked a definitive break with his party’s pro-Israel New Labour past by backing the Palestinian bid for an upgrade to their status at the United Nations. At the time this seemed precipitous and naive.

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Conservative MEP condemns Greek leader's antisemitic comments

October 19, 2012

A British Conservative MEP has condemned apparently antisemitic comments made by the leader of a group which partners the Labour Party in the European Parliament.

Evangelos Venizelos, a former Greek finance minister and leader of the socialist Pasok party, made the remarks to a parliamentary committee in Athens last week.

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Holocaust Educational Trust at Party fringe meetings

October 11, 2012

The Holocaust Educational Trust ran three fringe meetings at this year’s party conferences exploring the influence of the internet and social media on the Holocaust.

Recognising the problem of teaching the Holocaust as survivors die, the HET assembled three panels to discuss role models, fictional depictions of the Shoah, football, radio and television.

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Conservative party chairman who is ‘a Brit who happens to be Jewish’

By Martin Bright, October 4, 2012

Grant Shapps is nothing if not confident. Since taking over as chair of the Conservative Party last month, he has shifted the focus to the next election, even installing a giant countdown clock in the office. When I visited, it was at 948 days and some eager staffers had programmed the clock as their screensaver.

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Ilford MP Lee Scott made Chris Grayling's secretary

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2012

Ilford North MP Lee Scott has been appointed as the parliamentary private secretary to the new Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling. Mr Scott will attend future meetings of the Justice ministerial team.

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Friends groups head to Israel

By Martin Bright, September 20, 2012

A combined Lords and Commons cricket team will fly to Israel the day after David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative Party conference. The delegation aims to use Britain’s greatest sporting export to combine Middle East fact-finding with cultural diplomacy.

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Reshuffle: Cameron moves Grant Shapps to Conservative Party chairman

By Jennifer Lipman, September 4, 2012

Former Housing Minister and onetime BBYO leader Grant Shapps has been named as the new Conservative Party co-chairman.

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Matthew Gould is right. We do need to talk about Israel

By Shimon Cohen, August 16, 2012

The British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, recently expressed the view that those who care about Israel's standing in the world "should be concerned by the erosion of popular support" for it in the UK.

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So long, farewell, Louise — you've been a real Mensch

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

My first introduction to Louise Mensch, a rising star of the Conservative Party until her resignation this week, was not through her politics. Nor was it through her Twitter persona, from which she has gained a notoriety that even Boris Johnson would covet.

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Sophisticated diplomat in Tel Aviv

By Martin Bright, August 9, 2012

The spat between Conservative Friends of Israel and our man in Tel Aviv has taken a lot of people by surprise. Matthew Gould has rarely been out of the news since he took up his post as UK ambassador and had previously been under fire from figures on the left who questioned his loyalty as this country's first Jewish envoy to Israel.

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