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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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MP Goldsmith's anger at 'grotesque' Mail quote

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

MP Zac Goldsmith has spoken of his anger after the Daily Mail quoted his late father as saying Holocaust victims “lacked initiative.”

The Mail's Ephraim Hardcastle column claimed Referendum Party leader and businessman, Sir James Goldsmith said concentration camp victims “lacked the initiative to get out.”

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'Nazi' stag party MP loses his job

By Jennifer Lipman, December 18, 2011

The MP for Cannock Chase has been sacked a week after it emerged that he attended a Nazi themed stag party.

Aidan Burley, who was elected in 2010, was at a party in a French ski resort where one guest dressed up in SS uniform and others toasted senior Nazis including Hitler.

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Call for Burley to clarify when he left Nazi stag party

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A Labour MP has written to Transport Secretary Justine Greening asking why an MP at the centre of a Nazi-themed stag night scandal offered two contradictory explanations for his behaviour.

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Mea culpa from Conservative MEP

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

British MEP Sir Robert Atkins has apologised for suggesting pressure should be put on Jews in the diaspora over the treatment of Palestinians.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman met the Conservative MEP on Friday to demand an apology.

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Eric Pickles pledges to ensure Shoah legacy

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has visited Auschwitz to check on the progress of restoration work, partly funded by the British government.

He took part in a two-day trip and met the directors of the former concentration camp's museum and foundation to discuss how worldwide contributions were being used.

In May, the government announced it would contribute £2.1 million to the Auschwitz-

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Time to resign, Aidan Burley

By Martin Bright, December 15, 2011

Sixty years on from the end of the Second World War, Britain's role in the defeat of Nazism still dominates our national character. The evocation by some of the Churchillian "bulldog" spirit in the aftermath of David Cameron's Eurozone veto demonstrates how powerful such historical imagery remains.

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Tory MP Burley: Sorry for Nazi stag party

By Martin Bright, December 15, 2011

The Conservative MP at the centre of a row over his presence at a Nazi-themed stag night in a French ski resort has made an "unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology" in a letter to the JC.

Aidan Burley, who has a government job as a senior aide to Transport Secretary Justine Greening, was filmed celebrating at a restaurant in Val Thorens by journalists from the Mail on Sunday.

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Aidan Burley absent from Conservative Friends of Israel lunch

By Jennifer Lipman, December 12, 2011

An MP whose involvement in a recent "Nazi-themed" stag party was revealed in the weekend papers was absent from a Conservative Friends of Israel lunch event today.

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Tory MP Goldsmith in Auschwitz gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

A Conservative MP has likened the tabloid media to a Nazi concentration camp.

Zac Goldsmith, who represents the Richmond Park constituency, made the remark in front of a parliamentary inquiry into privacy and injunctions standards.

Mr Goldsmith said that a business that could only stay afloat "by engaging in immoral or unethical behaviour" was no sustainable.

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