Ed Miliband

Isaac, Jacob, Moses — and Ed

By Jonathan Freedland, May 24, 2012

Journalism is a competitive business but sometimes the competition comes from a wholly unexpected source. I'd planned a while ago to write in this slot about the Jewishness of Ed Miliband. Little did I know that the latest edition of the New Statesman, a special on British Jewish life published on Thursday, would carry a column on the same topic - written by Ed Miliband.


How Ken went from total denial to unheard-of regret

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2012

It was all supposed to be so convivial. On March 1 a peacemaking dinner was convened at the London Jewish Cultural Centre to bring Ken Livingstone together with concerned Labour supporters within the Jewish community.

At the former mayor's side was Simon Fletcher, Mr Livingstone's longstanding lieutenant, known to have been concerned at the deterioration of relations with London's Jews.


Why I've cancelled my direct debit to Labour

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

I 'm thinking of starting a support group. Our community is full of charities and counselling services.


The mask is now off

March 22, 2012

Throughout his career in public life, Ken Livingstone has had an obsession. He has been careful - extremely careful - only ever to refer to that obsession as "Israel". The mask has now slipped and Mr Livingstone's attitude not to Israel but, rather, to Jews has been made plain.


Jews won't vote for me because they are rich, Ken Livingstone tells Labour activists

By Martin Bright, March 22, 2012

Prominent Labour-supporting Jewish Londoners have written a devastating letter to Ed Miliband expressing their profound concerns about mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone.

The letter, a copy of which has been seen by the JC, was written in response to a meeting held on March 1 at which Mr Livingstone stood by his decision to embrace radical Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi and take money from the


Riot clean-up hero declines to cash in

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2012

A Manchester resident who organised a clean-up operation in the city after the August riots via Twitter and Facebook has given his £750 award from Manchester City Council to charity.

Appalled by damage caused by rioters, Jeremy Myers, grandson of the late Manchester Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the clean-up idea. Hundreds of people responded.


Ed Miliband helps to raise £14K for Norwood's work

February 20, 2012

Ed Miliband commended Norwood's "important work" as he helped the charity to raise £14,000 at its third annual YN current affairs reception. The Labour Party leader said the charity "has a well deserved reputation for its vital services which allow thousands of people to achieve their goals".



Miliband backs Israel - and Livingstone

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

A "significant and important body of support for Israel" in the Parliamentary Labour Party was highlighted by Ed Miliband when he addressed the Young Norwood current affairs group's annual reception.

In conversation with the Guardian's Michael White, Mr Miliband expressed frustration at the impasse in the Middle East peace process.


Miliband meets the JCoSS ministerial team

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

Ed Miliband enjoyed a cordial meeting with the prime minister and deputy prime minister this week - or at least the JCoSS equivalents.

The Labour leader visited the cross-communal secondary school in Barnet to hear from members of its student set-up. "We even have a monarch - the head teacher," said year-eight student, Jamy Bristol-James.


You failed as David's keeper, Ed. Here's what Cain did next

By Norman Lebrecht, January 19, 2012

It's difficult to feel sorry for Ed Milliband. Even Labour diehards cannot suppress a smirk as over-eager Ed slips on his own banana skins. When he rings Diane Abbott on live TV to berate her for a Twitter error, the smirk turns to a smile.