Gordon Brown

Brown: ‘I will act on Muslim hate’

December 4, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown agreed this week to ensure that the views of the Jewish community will be taken into account in the current review of UK entry and exclusion arrangements, in the light of renewed concern about visiting extremist Islamists preaching hatred.

He made the pledge on Monday at the first formal working meeting with communal leaders since he took office.

In what the executive director of the Jewish Leadership Council, Jeremy Newmark, called a “warm and productive meeting”, the 14-strong delegation from the JLC raised a wide range of concerns.

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Fayyad talks

December 4, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has invited the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, to talks at 10 Downing Street on December 15.

He has also invited the Israeli premier, Ehud Olmert, for separate discussions on the same day.

On the agenda for both the Mid East prime ministers will be economic regeneration for the Palestinian region and long- and short-term prospects for peace in the area.

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Downing Street to host Mid East talks

December 3, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has invited the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, to talks at 10 Downing Street on December 15.

He has also invited the Israeli premier, Ehud Olmert, for separate discussions on the same day.

On the agenda for both the Mid East prime ministers will be economic regeneration for the Palestinian region and long- and short-term prospects for peace in the area.

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Review: Wartime Courage

By Jeremy Isaacs, November 6, 2008

By Gordon Brown
Bloomsbury, £16.99

Vividly, as a boy in Kirkcaldy after the Second World War, he recalls standing in the cold at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and the sense a community shared of respect and gratitude for those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

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Sketch: The PM as ‘mensch’

By Jenni Frazer, October 10, 2008

Gordon Brown's long-dormant oratory skills certainly galvanised his UJIA audience at London's Hilton Hotel on Monday night.

He made them laugh: "I'm the man who had to tell Nelson Mandela who Amy Winehouse was," capping this with the possibly apocryphal story that Ms Winehouse sang "Free Blakey, he's my fella" to the tune of "Free Nelson Mandela" at the great man's 90th birthday concert this summer.

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Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle yields a mixed bag

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's reshuffle this week yielded a mixed bag as far as Jewish and Israeli interests were concerned, with some appointments greeted with quiet satisfaction and others with mild concern.

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Brown vows security and support for Israel

July 25, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's visit to Israel this week was a diplomatic success. But from the public-relations angle - at least, from the side of the Israeli media - it proved a damp squib.

An official at Israel's Foreign Ministry said: "Brown was eager to show that he is a close friend of Israel and spoke very forcefully about facing the Iranian threat."

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Student glues himself to the PM

By Jessica Ware, July 25, 2008
A Jewish activist campaigning against Heathrow Airport's third runway superglued himself to the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception.

Dan Glass, 24, a Plane Stupid volunteer, was at Number 10 on Tuesday to receive an award for his campaigning.

As Mr Brown shook his hand, Mr Glass, from Barnet, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, grabbed the Prime Minister's sleeve and said: "This is a non-violent protest. I have superglued myself to the buttons of the Prime Minister. We can't shake away climate change, like you can just shake away my arm."

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College links put pressure on boycotters

By Leon Symons, July 25, 2008

A groundbreaking scheme that strengthens links between universities and academics in Britain and Israel has been launched simultaneously in London and Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed an agreement on Sunday with Premier Ehud Olmert to start the Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership. BIRAX, as it is known, will give grants primarily to junior academics, mainly in scientific research.

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Party leaders’ lunch date

By Simon Round, July 25, 2008

It is not often that you get Gordon Brown and David Cameron to agree on anything, but both felt they wanted to mark an important milestone for the Jewish community. In 1858, Lionel de Rothschild became the first Jewish MP, and 150 years later representatives of all the main parties attended a lunch last Thursday at the House of Lords to mark the anniversary.

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