Labour

Inverclyde MP David Cairns dies after illness

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2011

David Cairns MP, chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, has died following a short illness.

Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March suffering from pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP, a former Scotland Minister, was serving in his second spell as chairman of the group. He previously held the role in 2004 before returning in October last year.

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Let Kaufman be the last, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

MPs have urged the Labour Party to tackle the issue of offensive comments made by MPs, following Sir Gerald Kaufman's "the Jews again" comment last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband, Parliamentary Labour Party chair Tony Lloyd and the party's chief whip to ask what will be done to stop future remarks.

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Gerald Kaufman's 'disturbing' Jewish jibe at Labour MP

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman is under attack for incendiary comments about a fellow Jewish MP during Wednesday's debate on universal jurisdiction.

Sir Gerald turned to a neighbour on the Commons green benches, as pro-Israel MP Louise Ellman rose to speak, and muttered: "Here we are, the Jews again".

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Eleventh hour change to war criminal arrest bill

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A last-minute amendment to the Police Bill, tabled by the Labour front bench, proposed the establishment of specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.

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Former MP denied expenses appeal

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

The former Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, Harry Cohen, has lost his appeal to keep the £65,000 “golden goodbye” he received when he left Parliament.

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Labour Friends lean to the left

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel is relaunching itself as a membership organisation at a debate in Westminster next Tuesday.

The panel discussion, Making the Progressive Case for Israel, will bring together supporters of Israel on the left to discuss how to develop a more proactive approach.

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Labour group attacked over boycott backing

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2011

Hendon Labour Party has protested to the leader of the Labour group on Tower Hamlets Council over its support for a resolution to boycott Israel.

Councillors in the east London borough last month voted in favour of sanctions against the "pariah state".

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Councillor refused to sign Holocaust Memorial Day book

February 4, 2011

● Because Jews use the Holocaust as propaganda

● Because Zionism's like the Final Solution

● Because it's a recipe for more mass murder

●...but some of his best friends are, yes, Jewish

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New Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander's Middle East history

By Jennifer Lipman, January 21, 2011

The chair of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) has said he is looking forward to working with the new Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander, who was appointed following the resignation of Alan Johnson from the front bench.

Labour leader Ed Miliband appointed Douglas Alexander to replace Yvette Cooper yesterday, moving him from his role as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.

Mr Alexander, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, was first elected in 1997 in Tony Blair’s landslide victory.

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Alastair Campbell: what Brits really thought about Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is an "armour-plated bull****ter" – or so was the view of Britain’s Foreign Office in 1998.

Alastair Campbell, the former Labour party spin doctor, has revealed that this was what “some of the Foreign Office guys” thought of Mr Netanyahu at the time of Tony Blair’s first official visit to Israel in April 1998.

At the time Mr Netanyahu was serving his first term as prime minister of Israel.

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