Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband on 'outsider' Jewish heritage

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

Ed Miliband has once again referred to his Jewish roots in his party conference address.

The Labour leader, who was chosen for the post on Rosh Hashanah last year, spoke of how his parents fled the Nazis then came to Britain "and embraced its values".


Ed Miliband on Rosh Hashanah anniversary

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

The Labour leader has taken time out of his preparations for next week's party conference to extend his good wishes to the British Jewish community on the New Year.

Ed Miliband, who won the contest to succeed Gordon Brown on Rosh Hashanah last year, said he hoped the year ahead would be "filled with peace, happiness and success and may your families be healthy and happy".


Two Eds better than one

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

Celebrity lookalike photographer Alison Jackson is planning a new stunt based on David and Ed Miliband.

Famous for her pictures, posed by lookalikes, of the royal family and politicians in unlikely scenarios, she is looking for some suitable stand-ins for the political brothers.

Her studio even placed an ad in the JC for some ersatz-Milibands.

But after a trawl of the highways and by-ways


Mazel Tov: Ed Miliband marks wedding by smashing glass

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Labour's first Jewish leader has paid tribute to his religion by smashing a glass at his wedding.

Ed Miliband married his longtime partner Justine Thornton earlier today at a small civil ceremony outside Nottingham. The couple tied the knot in the presence of Mr Miliband's brother David and their two sons.


Miliband's little cut?

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2011

Is Labour leader Ed Miliband, product of a strictly secular upbringing, starting to get religious? A Times picture caption said that he and his partner Justine Thornton had decided that they would not get married until after the "brith" of their second son Samuel. The nuptials are set for May. Better book them a chupah.


Eleventh hour change to war criminal arrest bill

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A last-minute amendment to the Police Bill, tabled by the Labour front bench, proposed the establishment of specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.


What does Ed stand for?

By Nick Cohen, March 14, 2011

In Ed Miliband, the Labour Party has its first leader from a Jewish background. "Background" is the word to remember because, as with Benjamin Disraeli, Ed Miliband's father renounced his faith. Isaac Disraeli joined the Church of England and allowed his children to flourish in the sectarian English establishment of the day.


UJS lobbyists deliver concerns to Westminster

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Students from around the country united to call on the government and universities to do more to tackle hate speech on campuses.

More than 100 students attended the Union of Jewish Students' annual lobby day at Parliament last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, addressed lobbyists.

Students met their constituency MPs and encouraged them to pressure Universities Minister David Willetts and vice-chancellors to deal more effectively with extremism on campus.


Ed Miliband meets Jewish leadership

By Martin Bright, February 4, 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband has agreed to visit a Jewish school in the next few weeks as part of an attempt to build trust with the community. Mr Miliband made the pledge at dinner with the trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council, organised to mend fences and clarify the Labour Party's position on Israel.

The dinner for Mr Miliband, hosted by Sir Trevor Chinn, took place on January 12 at Dukes Hotel in St James's in central London and was described as "a very useful constructive dinner" by one Labour source.


Ed Miliband aide gets first-hand knowledge

January 27, 2011

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna, who is also PPS to Labour leader Ed Miliband, heard the testimony of survivor Agnes Grunwald-Spier at the Lambeth HMD event.

Mr Umunna also addressed the audience and there were contributions from youngsters from Lambeth primary and secondary schools and South London Liberal Synagogue. The shul hosted an educational project for 100 pupils of Dunraven School, Streatham.

In Lewisham, faith groups and children from across the borough came together for an event at the Broadway Theatre, Catford.