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Charities fight Budget change on big donors

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

The Jewish Leadership Council intends to lobby Chancellor George Osborne over plans to reduce tax relief on big donations, which it fears could have a significant impact on Jewish charities.

In last week's Budget, Mr Osborne announced proposals to cap tax relief on charitable contributions at £50,000 or 25 per cent of a person's income - whichever is the higher.

Chief executive Jeremy Newma

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MP needs police protection after threats from anti-Israel activists

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

A Conservative MP who backs the two-state solution was forced to remove details of his constituency surgeries and contact information from his website after being bombarded with abusive messages and death threats from anti-Israel activists.

Henley MP John Howell expressed his gratitude for the messages of support he has been sent after the issue was highlighted by the Zionist Federation.

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Lord Gold put in charge of Conservative Party funding probe

By Jennifer Lipman, March 26, 2012

A Jewish life peer is to oversee the Conservative Party's investigation into party donations and political influence.

Lawyer Lord Gold of Westcliff-on-Sea has been put in charge of the inquiry, which Prime Minister David Cameron announced following the resignation of Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas.

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Conservative Party delays release of report into Burley 'Nazi stag party'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2012

The findings of the Conservative Party's report into the conduct of MP Aidan Burley will not be made public this week, despite an earlier pledge that the report would be released by the end of February.

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French police launch formal investigation into Burley stag party

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

French prosecutors have announced that a formal police investigation has been opened into a “Nazi-themed” stag party attended by a Conservative MP.

Aidan Burley, MP for Cannock Chase, lost his job as Private Secretary to Transport Secretary Justine Greening after being filmed at the event in the Val Thorens ski resort last year.

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Labour councillor on Holocaust education trip that Aidan Burley joined

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

The teacher whose pupils complained that Conservative MP Aidan Burley was "disrespectful" during a talk by a Holocaust survivor is also a Labour councilor.

Dr Suzannah Reeves has been named as the staff member who identified Mr Burley as the MP who joined the pupils at a talk by an Auschwitz survivor in Poland.

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Labour councillor on Holocaust education trip that Aidan Burley joined

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

The teacher whose pupils complained that Conservative MP Aidan Burley was "disrespectful" during a talk by a Holocaust survivor is also a Labour councilor.

Dr Suzannah Reeves has been named as the staff member who identified Mr Burley as the MP who joined the pupils at a talk by an Auschwitz survivor in Poland.

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'Nazi' stag Tory 'disrespectful' during Holocaust survivor talk

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Aidan Burley, who was sacked from his junior government role last year after attending a Nazi-themed stag party, has become embroiled in a row over his "conduct" while listening to a Holocaust survivor.

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The champion of free enterprise

By David Young, January 5, 2012

I first met Margaret Thatcher at a British ORT lunch in the late '70s. As I was the chairman, we sat together and I discovered she knew about, and took a keen interest in ORT. When she spoke, she certainly struck a chord with her audience.

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Margaret Thatcher: An embedding Zionist

By Martin Bright, January 5, 2012

Margaret Thatcher may not have had the visceral or spiritual connection to Israel felt by Tony Blair or Gordon Brown but her premiership marked a sea-change within the Conservative Party, which has defined its policy ever since.

Mrs Thatcher's anti-Communism and uncompromising position on terrorism made her naturally lean towards Israel in the Middle East.

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