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Oxford Conservative students sang 'Nazi songs'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

Four Oxford University students have said they are to resign from the university's Conservative association after accusing other members of antisemitic behaviour.

According to those who are leaving, members sang a Nazi-themed song about "dashing through the Reich" and "killing lots of kike".


Gilad Shalit release 'wonderful' for Jewish world

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Israel and the international community have been sharing their reactions to the release of Gilad Shalit after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas.

Sergeant Shalit has been taken across the border to Israel and is undergoing a medical check-up. He will soon be reunited with his family, who have dedicated the last five years to securing his freedom.


Tory treasurer pays compliment to Fed

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2011

Conservative treasurer Lord Fink made a detour from the party conference in Manchester to support the city's major welfare charity.


Hague on Israel: Time is running out

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

William Hague has warned that "time is running out" to find a solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the Conservative Party conference, said Britain wanted to see Jerusalem as a shared capital.


University drops Libya libel suit against MP Robert Halfon

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A university has dropped a libel suit against a Conservative MP who criticised it for maintaining commercial links with the oppressive Libyan regime.

In March Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, published a blog post about Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) and its investments from Libyan sources.


ICO drops 'politically motivated' Djanogly complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office will not take a complaint about a Conservative MP using unethical methods to spy on his constituents any further.

The ICO said last week that it would look into Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly's actions following a complaint by Labour MP John Mann.


Warsi impressed by Brenner

July 28, 2011

Tory Party co-chair Baroness Warsi has described Jewish Care's Brenner Community Centre in Stamford Hill as "the Big Society in action".

Touring the premises last week, she was appreciative of the range of culturally sensitive services provided.

"Coming to the Brenner Centre has given me the opportunity to see for myself the phenomenal work that Jewish Care does," she said.


Justice Minister Djanogly accused of 'unethical' behaviour

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

The Information Commissioner is to look into whether a Conservative Justice Minister breached regulations on conduct by hiring private detectives.


Essex MP in controversial Made in Chelsea meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Conservative MP Brooks Newmark has been criticised for meeting a reality television star while he was supposed to be at a constituency event.

The Jewish politician, who represents the Essex constituency of Braintree, was accompanied by his daughter when he went for a drink with Made in Chelsea's Francis Boulle.


i-Engage disengaged

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

A highly organised phalanx of 50 backbench Conservatives rallied this week to vote against using i-Engage, an anti-Zionist Muslim organisation, as the secretariat for the all-party parliamentary group on Islamophobia.

The operation took supporters of i-Engage by surprise, as MPs from all parties voted 60-2 to drop the organisation.

The decisive vote on Monday was hailed as an important victo