Labour

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tributes pour in for Labour MP Cairns

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

David Cairns MP, parliamentary chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, has died following a short illness. Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March with pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP was 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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David Cairns: Making the progressive case for Israel

By David Cairns MP, May 10, 2011

I want to begin by saying what this speech is not.

It's not an attempt to deflect attention from the pressing urgency of achieving an agreement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It's not an argument which posits that Israel is always right and should be allowed to act with impunity.

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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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