Election 2015

Ben Rich appointed interim chief of staff for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ communications consultant is to leave his role to run the office of new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Ben Rich, a public relations specialist, worked with Mr Farron during the party’s leadership contest during the past three months.

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We've become socially inept

By Barry Frankfurt, May 25, 2015

In the aftermath of the general election, many of the losers were easy to identify. Miliband and Clegg were gone by lunchtime. The pollsters, initially embarrassed, somehow managed to justify their incompetencies in a way that only those armed with reams of data could.

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David Lammy says sorry to Jewish voters who lost faith in Labour

By Naomi Firsht, May 20, 2015

A Labour MP has apologised for his party’s failure to retain the support of the Jewish community in London.

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Lib Dem Tim Farron says Israel was 'disproportionate' over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

In an earlier version of this story, we wrongly quoted Mr Farron as describing David Ward as "a good MP", omitting the word "constituency".
We apologise for the error.

The frontrunner in the race to be leader of the Liberal Democrats has described Israel’s actions during the Gaza war as “disproportionate”.

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Scots are uneasy after SNP's landslide

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

The Scottish National Party's almost-clean sweep of seats in the country has led to "nervousness" among Scottish Jews, community leaders have said.

The SNP has previously expressed pro-Palestinian views and supported proposals for an arms embargo on Israel. It won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies, leaving the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats each with one seat.

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Labour Party must now pass 'Israel test'

By Robert Philpot, May 14, 2015

When Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader in 2010, a delighted Neil Kinnock proclaimed: "We've got our party back." The consequent demise of New Labour produced a defeat last Thursday akin to those which Kinnock presided over.

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How the Tories managed to hold on to the heartland

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

One of the few bright spots for Labour on election night came in the capital, where it bucked the trend and took seats from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

But not in the two constituencies with more Jewish voters than anywhere else in Britain: Finchley and Golders Green, and Hendon.

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Peer and van man who are set to be Cameron's key figures

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

They may have very different political styles, but two Jewish Tories will be among the most influential figures steering the Conservative Party.

One is David Cameron's Oxford University contemporary and tennis partner, the other is the champion of so-called White Can Conservatism.

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Tories show true colours now Lib Dems are gone

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

David Cameron has appointed a series of Jewish politicians to his first fully Conservative government.

The unveiling of the new ministerial positions this week means there are more Jews around the cabinet table than at any time since Margaret Thatcher's Tory administrations of the 1980s.

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Israel and Britain: A firm friendship

May 14, 2015

During last summer’s Gaza war, David Cameron stood firm in his support of Israel’s right to defend itself from terror. And that was despite being in coalition with the LibDems, whose then leader, Nick Clegg, and Vince Cable both raced to join the anti-Israel bandwagon. Now, of course, Mr Cameron is governing on his own.

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