Election 2015

Green leader Natalie Bennett backs cultural boycott of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said she backed the boycott of Israeli artists, musicians and academics in an interview with the JC on Friday.

Ms Bennett, who is standing for Holborn & St Pancras, supported the party’s official Israel boycott policy.

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Green candidate calls Israel ‘racist and apartheid state’

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the Green Party to condemn a parliamentary candidate, after she called Israel “a racist and apartheid state” this week.

Tanya Williams, the Green candidate for Twickenham, made the comments at an Amnesty International hustings on Tuesday.

According to the news website SW Londoner, she said: “[Israel is] a racist state and an apartheid state.

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Winners in 2010, now they’re hoping to do it again

By Marcus Dysch, April 17, 2015

A string of Jewish politicians are fighting to be re-eleceted. What are their chances?

Luciana Berger
Constituency: Liverpool Wavertree
Majority in 2010: 7,167

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Tory refuses hustings over security concerns

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

A Conservative Jewish MP in the last Parliament will not attend any hustings held by local faith groups because of "security concerns".

Lee Scott, who is defending a majority of more than 5,000 in his Ilford North constituency in Essex, declined to go into further detail.

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For what they’re worth, you can take comfort from these paper promises

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Election manifestos rarely throw up great surprises. Almost every detail is stage-managed, policy-advised, and leaked to the media.

But pro-Palestinian voices in Labour could be forgiven for thinking they had been short-changed when they read their party’s policy document on Monday morning.

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We’ll tighten up regulations on religious slaughter, promises Ukip

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

Ukip has backed the continuation of religious slaughter in Britain after months of confusion over the party’s stance on the issue.

Its general election manifesto, launched by Nigel Farage in Essex on Wednesday morning, makes clear that kosher meat production would not be banned by the party.

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Lib Dems manifesto condemns Israel and Hamas over ‘disproportionate force’

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their policy on Israel and the Palestinians as part of their general election manifesto.

The party said it remained committed to a two-state solution to the conflict, and condemned “disproportionate force used by all sides”.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg unveiled the policy document at an event in London on Wednesday morning.

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Miliband promises to defend shechita and combat online hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

Labour has pledged to defend shechita and tackle antisemitism in a series of election policies announced on Tuesday.

Launching a separate manifesto aimed at issues affecting minority communities the day after its main policy document, the party’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said more would be done to support ethnic minorities.

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Tories’ manifesto pledge to protect shechita

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Conservative Party has pledged to protect religious slaughter if it is returned to government in next month’s general election.

The party’s manifesto highlights the issue of shechita and halal food production following increased speculation about the future of the practices in Britain.

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Greens want to end EU trade deal with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Green Party would suspend the European Union’s trade agreement with Israel, according to the party’s election manifesto.

Launched in London on Tuesday morning by Green leader Natalie Bennett, the policy document highlights the approach that would be taken to the Middle East.

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