Labour

Abused MP Luciana Berger urges Twitter to act on racism

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2014

A Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has called on social media companies including Twitter to ban the use of racist words on their sites.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

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'Vote Ed - he's a brave friend of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

Labour’s Shadow Middle East Minister has urged British Jews to support Ed Miliband.

Gareth Thomas defended the party’s condemnation of Israel’s actions in Gaza and said Labour leaders were committed to encouraging the two sides back to negotiations.

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Pro-Israel MP in tweet row

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis has accused a party backbencher of "manipulating" internal party politics.

Mr Lewis, the Shadow Northern Ireland minister and a former vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, appeared to claim Tom Watson had tried to influence the selection process for a new Scottish Labour leader.

Mr Watson wrote an article for the Sunday Herald newspaper warning against Scottis

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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Jews' defection not because of Ed, say Labour

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Claims that Jewish donors have deserted the Labour Party in response to Ed Miliband's stance on the Gaza conflict have been dismissed by leading Labour supporters.

They said financial support for the party from within the Jewish community had been declining for more than a decade.

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Ten arrested near Luciana Berger’s Liverpool office

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2014

Police have refused to link the arrest of a gang of suspected neo-Nazis close to an office used by Jewish MP Luciana Berger with the hate campaign being waged against her.

Ten people were questioned after being held yards from a site where Ms Berger regularly holds surgeries for local constituents.

Armed police and forensics teams searched a number of properties following the arrests.

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Anger after claims that Ed Miliband is losing Jewish support

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2014

Campaigners against antisemitism have attacked reaction to a Sunday newspaper story which suggested Jewish donors were abandoning Labour over Ed Miliband’s stance on the Gaza conflict.

The Independent on Sunday’s front page story carried the headline “Jewish donors drop ‘toxic’ Miliband” and claimed communal support for the party had ebbed away.

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Ed Miliband issues antisemitism warning in Facebook post

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

The growth of antisemitism in Britain should serve as a wake-up call to those who think Jew-hatred is a thing of the past, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said.

Mr Miliband said he had spoken to Jewish families who expressed concern for their futures in Britain and urged a zero tolerance approach to tackle the problem of antisemitism.

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Peer who created the Barnett public spending formula dies

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2014

Lord Barnett, the Jewish peer who gave his name to a famous public spending formula, has died aged 91.

He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the Wilson and Callaghan Labour governments of the 1970s.

During that time he oversaw the creation of what became known as the Barnett Formula, the mechanism used to split public funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Ed Miliband condemns 'appalling' antisemitic abuse of Luciana Berger

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has condemned the antisemitic abuse targeted at his shadow cabinet colleague Luciana Berger.

Mr Miliband said the abuse was “utterly appalling” and urged social media companies to do more to tackle the problem.

The JC had earlier revealed the extent of the attacks – including death threats – aimed at Ms Berger in the past ten days.

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