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New Year Honours for Esther Rantzen, Joan Collins and Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2014

A Hollywood actress, a television personality, a rabbi and at least two jewellers were among the 1,164 people who were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, which was released this week.

TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who has described her Jewishness as a “central part of my identity”, was made a Dame.


Baroness Warsi in row over Jerusalem synagogue attack tweets

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2014

Former Cabinet Minister Sayeeda Warsi has compared the terrorists who killed four Jews praying at synagogue in Jerusalem with the Israelis who campaign outside the Al Aqsa mosque.

In a series of tweets, she wrote: “Israeli extremists storm Al Aqsa & intimidate worshipers. Palestinian extremists storm synagogue & kill 4 worshippers.”


Anti-Israel activist chosen as Tory candidate in Rochester

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2014


The candidate selected to stand for the Conservative Party in an upcoming by-election in Kent is an anti-Israel activist at odds with the party’s stance on boycotts.

Kelly Tolhurst won an open primary to fight in Rochester and Strood next month.

A local businesswoman and councillor, Ms Tolhurst is known as a vocal anti-Israel campaigner in the area.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.