Election 2010

Anti-Israel Iraqi billionaire's dinner with Nick Clegg

By Martin Bright, April 22, 2010

A controversial Iraqi-British billionaire who funds one of the UK's most strongly anti-Zionist websites organised a banquet in honour of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, and a fundraiser for Susan Kramer, the party's candidate in the high-profile seat of Richmond Park.

Nadhmi Auchi, 73, was convicted of fraud in the giant French Elf-Aquitaine oil company trial in 2003 and given a suspended sentence, although he is seeking to appeal the verdict.

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Gordon Brown: His JC interview in full

By Martin Bright, April 22, 2010

What would a new Labour government do to kick-start talks in the Middle East in order to bring about over a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict?

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Gordon Brown: Tory extremists betray British values

By Martin Bright, April 21, 2010

Gordon Brown has accused the Conservatives of compromising British values and British influence by allying with “marginalised” figures in Europe accused of holding extremist antisemitic and homophobic views.

In a fiercely worded attack in an interview with the JC, the Prime Minister said the Opposition leader had abandoned the mainstream grouping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in order to appease a section of “fanatical” Eurosceptic backbenchers.

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Lib Dem Lords deputy leader causes Board walkout

By Simon Rocker, April 19, 2010

Lord Wallace, the Liberal Democrats’ deputy leader in the Lords, has defended Baroness Tonge’s “over-emotional approach” to Palestinian rights in a wide-ranging address to the Board of Deputies on Sunday.

He explained that she has not been expelled from the party because “we do sadly find the current Likud Party very intolerant of all criticism”.

His remarks prompted a number of Deputies to walk out in protest.

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BNP withdraws candidate from Scottish seat

By Jessica Elgot and Stephanie Brickman, April 19, 2010

The BNP candidate for East Renfrewshire, which has the largest Jewish population in Scotland, has dropped out of the election race.

A spokesman for BNP Scotland confirmed that candidate Gary Raikes, who was standing against Labour MP Jim Murphy, the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr Raikes, who has lived in Scotland for 18 years, was a local instructor in the Army Cadet Force until 2007. He has not yet given a reason for his departure from the campaign.

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Griffin's Question Time inquisitor takes on party leaders

By Leon Symons, April 16, 2010

The Jewish teenager who questioned BNP leader Nick Griffin on the Holocaust during an edition of the BBC’s Question Time last year took centre stage again during the first party leaders’ televised debate.

Joel Weiner, the 17-year-old son of Masorti Rabbi Chaim Weiner and a pupil at JFS, asked the leaders a question about what prime minister Gordon Brown, Tory leader David Cameron and Lib-Dem leader Nick Clegg would do about improving education.

The teenager said pupils were being over-examined, not enough money was being spent on schools and that in turn led to bigger class sizes.

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Karen Buck: the full interview

By Martin Bright, April 15, 2010

Westminster is a very diverse community. Is it not divisive to concentrate on the interests of one group?

Westminster is indeed a very diverse part of London and contains many communities. The vast majority of my correspondence with constituents has been, as one would rightly expect, in English but I feel it is important to try to reach out to people within each of the different communities in Westminster by whatever means is most appropriate.

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Racist leaflets against Jewish candidates in Liverpool

April 15, 2010

Two racist leaflets have been distributed in Liverpool against Jewish candidates.

The leaflets were distributed in the neighbouring constituencies of Wavertree and Riverside in Liverpool. The sitting MP, Louise Ellman, is standing again in Riverside while Luciana Berger is standing in Wavertree.

The leaflets attack both women for their support of and contacts with Israel. One is headed "Don't vote for Friends of Israel", a reference to Ms Berger as director of Labour Friends of Israel.

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Labour candidate accused of "dishonest and dangerous" letter

By Martin Bright, April 15, 2010

A Labour candidate has been accused of running a "dishonest and dangerous" campaign to woo Arab voters in her constituency, by playing up her support for the people of Gaza and misrepresenting her opposition to the war in Iraq.

Karen Buck, Labour's candidate in the newly-formed constituency of Westminster North, sent out a letter in Arabic to residents condemning the "collective punishment" of Palestinians in Gaza and describing the situation as "abhorrent".

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Cameron criticised for Europe nationalist links

By Martin Bright, April 15, 2010

Conservative leader David Cameron has come under fire from a senior European politician over his alliance with "exotic" ultra-nationalist parties in the European Parliament.

The Spanish secretary-general of the European People's Party (EPP), Antonio López-Istúriz, has predicted that the European Conservative and Reformists (ERC), the recently-formed Eurosceptic group, could collapse, allowing Tory MEPs to rejoin the mainstream EPP.

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