Fiery election hints at a new beginning

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

Labour party members will go back to the polls next Wednesday after none of the four leadership candidates gained the 40 per cent of votes necessary to win Monday's primaries.

For the party that founded Israel and governed it for its first three decades, the choice will be between two avowed social-democrats, Shelly Yachimovich and Amir Peretz, who emerged from this week's vote almost on level


Labour MP praises Hamas

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

A Labour MP has expressed confidence in the "re-launched" and "moderate" Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and praised Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for renouncing violence.

Sandra Osborne, MP for Ayr Carrick and Cumnock, was one of the British MPs who met Mr Haniyah during a recent visit to Gaza.


Labour Friends of Israel name new chair

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has selected John Woodcock as its new chairman.

Mr Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, had been a vice-chair since September last year and takes on the role following the death of David Cairns in May.


Turning right away from Atlee and Blair

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

The politics of Maurice Glasman are a little difficult to pin down and intentionally so. The concept of "Blue Labour", which should be understood as the complement to the "Red Tory" philosophy of Phillip Blond, is a provocation to the conventional Labour Party thinking.


Interview: Maurice Glasman

By Michael Freedland, June 30, 2011

Maurice Glasman is a happy man. Here he is, the boy who used to live over a London shop, ordering tea on the terrace of the House of Lords, smoking his roll-ups and revelling in the fact that the waitress knows who he is and has shown him to his regular spot by the low wall overlooking the Thames.


MPs face the chop in boundary changes

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has said she will fight boundary changes which could see her lose her parliamentary seat.


Labour's tasteless joke policy

By Nick Cohen, June 3, 2011

I hear that at a recent meeting with Jewish leaders, Ed Miliband ran into a problem that may destroy his ambitions to become Prime Minister.

Everyone was getting along famously until the Livingstone question came up.


Labour councillor defects to Tories

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

A Jewish councillor has quit Hackney's ruling Labour party and joined the previously all-Charedi Conservative opposition.

Linda Kelly, a former speaker of the north London council, was elected in 2002. She fell out with Labour after protesting at its planned budget cuts.


Eco friendly caring

May 19, 2011

Liverpool Wavertree Labour MP Luciana Berger took a particular interest in the eco credentials of Jewish Care's Golders Green campus when she toured the premises.

The shadow minister for energy and climate change was escorted by Jewish care chief executive Simon Morris and the charity's property director, Jeff Andrews.


David Cairns MP: A brilliant advocate

By Martin Bright, May 12, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting David Cairns shortly before his tragic death. We had been brought together to discuss what we both believed was an over-defensive attitude to Israel among its supporters on the left. David was a brilliant advocate for Israel and determined to provide a space for debate for those within the Labour Party, grown weary of the constant attacks.