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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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


Hendon named key election 2015 battleground by Labour

By Jennifer Lipman, January 8, 2013

Hendon has been pinpointed as a key battleground constituency by the Labour Party as Britain marks the halfway point between the 2010 and 2015 election.

The north London constituency was won by Conservative Matthew Offord at the last general election. Mr Offord triumphed over his rival, Andrew Dismore, by just 103 votes.


What Mr Javid said to Conservative Friends of Israel guests

December 13, 2012

Mr Javid, who visited Israel with CFI earlier this year, told the 700 guests: “In Britain, we are rightly very proud of our long history as a nation. But we are mere beginners compared to Israel, a nation that is governing itself in the same territory, under the same name, with the same religion, and the same language as it did 3,000 years ago. Now that’s what I call sustainability!


Muslim Tory MP: After Britain, Israel is best

By Martin Bright, December 13, 2012

It is not often that the Prime Minister is upstaged when he is guest of honour at an official function. It is even more unusual when it is one of his own MPs who is responsible. But this is just what happened when Sajid Javid, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove, spoke at the Conservative Friends of Israel “business lunch” on Tuesday.


Taken for granted

December 13, 2012

On Wednesday night, the doors of No 10 Downing Street were thrown open for a Chanucah party. It had all the usual accoutrements: the doughnuts, the latkes and the Chanucah gelt. It even had the Chief Rabbi, along with the great and good from our community.


Tories urged to release Aidan Burley stag party report a year on

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The Conservative Party is being urged to release a much-delayed report into the conduct of MP Aidan Burley on an allegedly Nazi-themed stag party, a year after the trip occurred.