Election 2010

Brooks Newmark MP gets business role

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

Jewish MP Brooks Newmark has been made Government Whip to the Business Department.

The Conservative has been MP for Braintree since 2005 and was re-elected earlier this month with a 16,121 majority.

His responsibilities, under Business Secretary Vince Cable, will include attending certain ministerial meetings and assisting in the passage of business legislation.

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New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry

By Jessica Elgot, May 14, 2010

The one-time BBYO leader, Grant Shapps, has been appointed Housing Minister in David Cameron’s new government.

Mr Shapps, who represents Welwyn and Hatfield, is a former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party. He will be part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, headed by Eric Pickles.

Oliver Letwin, once Shadow Chancellor when Michael Howard led the party, has been made Minister of State for Policy, and will attend cabinet meetings when required.

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Labour takes control of Enfield council

May 13, 2010

Bucking the national trend, Labour took control of Enfield Council from the Conservatives.

And among the Labour victors was new councillor Derek Levy in Southbury, whose tally of 2,446 saw off the closest Tory candidate by 80 votes.

For Tory councillor and Jewish Care worker Jon Kaye, the Enfield result was not the only unwelcome election surprise. Posting a leaflet through a letterbox, his finger was bitten by a dog. "A Labour supporting dog," he reflected, "but it was a shock".

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Analysis: Even the Tories do not deserve Tonge and friends

By Nick Cohen, May 13, 2010

Britain lacks a true liberal party, a movement of the radical centre which is committed unequivocally to the values of the Enlightenment. Instead, it has the Liberal Democrats, whose history all but orders it to stand firm against the forces of irrational hatred which are sweeping the world, but which ducks its moral obligations.

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Analysis: I went for UKIP because I can't forgive Germany

By Julie Burchill, May 13, 2010

I won't beat around the bush here - finding myself repelled by the three legit parties and of course the BNP, I voted for UKIP because I STILL haven't forgiven the Germans for what they did to your lot. Bear a grudge, moi? Live in the past? Non! I just know what I want.

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Analysis: Gove is a rock to which British Jewry can cling

By Daniel Finkelstein, May 13, 2010

In 1852, the Duke of Wellington gave Lord Derby's first government its nickname. The by then very deaf Duke had the names of the new cabinet read out to him at his club and bellowed "Who? Who?" as he was told of each member.

Thus was born the "Who? Who?" administration. David Cameron and Nick Clegg have just formed the "What? What?" administration.

In the space of a few days, the whole of British politics has been transformed and observers have been struggling to understand what it means. Nick Clegg and Iain Duncan Smith in the same Cabinet. What? What?

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Analysis: Relief for Jerusalem at appointment of Hague

By Tim Marshall, May 13, 2010

The challenge for Prime Minister Cameron is to grip one issue immediately and quickly master the detail on another.

From the first hours in office he needed information on Afghanistan, Pakistan and global terrorism. At any given moment news could come of an imminent operation which needs his approval.

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Andrew Feldman is Conservatives' secret weapon

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

A key player in David Cameron's rise to power is his Oxford University contemporary, now co-chairman of the Conservative Party, Andrew Feldman.

He helped to run the campaign that propelled Mr Cameron to the Tory leadership four and half years ago, rejuvenating a party demoralised after three electoral defeats at the hands of Tony Blair.

First deputy treasurer, then chief executive since 2008, the 44-year-old businessman is, according to one party insider, "smart", "loyal to his friends" and "wedded to Dave".

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Analysis: This was a victory for all those who elect hope over hatred

By Martin Bright, May 13, 2010

Labour, Liberal Democrat or Tory, Jewish or non-Jewish: a string of results from last week's election should be wholeheartedly welcomed by people who care about British democracy.

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Analysis: The coalition has a long way to travel

By Melanie Phillips, May 13, 2010

Is it good for the Jews? Unfortunately, the new coalition government is unlikely to bring much relief to those British Jews who are concerned about the true perils facing the Jewish people at this time.

The main concern must be the presence of the Lib Dems in the coalition. The party is even more venomously hostile to Israel than Labour, with Nick Clegg having articulated the boiler-plate prejudices towards Israel found on the political left. This may well drag the government into a more extreme position on the Middle East.

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