Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband: 'I'm a Zionist and oppose boycotts of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Ed Miliband has pledged to protect Jewish customs including brit milah and shechita if he becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking at a Board of Deputies event the Labour leader said he was opposed to boycotts of Israel and warned of the need to be “ever-vigilant”against antisemitism.


Miliband’s ill-defined integration

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 31, 2012

In a recent speech, Labour leader Ed Miliband - the son of Polish Jewish immigrants - made some important statements designed to address ongoing public concern about levels of immigration to the UK. He did so against the backdrop of data from last year's census.


Miliband hails 'fantastic' Norwood at £3m dinner

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Ed Miliband has told 1,100 Norwood supporters that charities should never be regarded as "a soft touch" for government cuts.

Addressing Norwood's annual dinner on Monday at London's Grosvenor House, which raised £3 million-plus, the Labour leader acknowledged that it had been "a very tough year" for charities heavily reliant on private donors.


Miliband chose the wrong man

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 30, 2012

On October 2, Labour leader Ed Miliband - the first Jew to lead the party - made a remarkable speech to the socialist-inclined faithful assembled in Manchester. Miliband invoked the political philosophy of Benjamin Disraeli, the UK's first Jewish prime minister, who was a Conservative.


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.


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.


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.


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.