Hostility revealed on the fringes of Labour event

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

Labour's new shadow cabinet avoided making any major policy announcements on Israel at the party's conference this week, but there were a series of hostile receptions and controversial comments around the fringes.

In his first conference speech as leader, Jeremy Corbyn did not refer to Israel or the Palestinians during a lengthy passage on the situation in Syria.


Labour donor explains why he heckled Jeremy Corbyn at Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

A Labour supporter who heckled Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel reception has explained his reasons for shouting at the party leader.

Michael Foster, a Jewish donor who stood as a Labour candidate in the general election, said he had been unable to understand how Mr Corbyn could speak for eight minutes at the event without using the word “Israel”.


Corbyn's silence on Israel is not golden

September 30, 2015

Never has it been truer to observe that what is not said can be just as revealing as what is.

Labour Friends of Israel was absolutely right to invite Jeremy Corbyn to speak at its Labour Party Conference reception. But it was contemptuous of the Labour leader to deliver an entire speech at the event without ever allowing the word Israel to cross his lips.


Jeremy Corbyn heckled after Labour Friends of Israel speech

By Marcus Dysch, September 30, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has caused anger after he failed to refer to Israel by name while addressing the Labour Friends of Israel group.

The new Labour leader was heckled as he ended his short speech at the LFI annual reception at the party conference in Brighton on Tuesday night.


Shadow cabinet set for battle over Israel

By Robert Philpot, September 26, 2015

When, just under a year ago, Ed Miliband attempted to whip his MPs to back unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, he was defied by one-third of his frontbenchers.


Interview: Sadiq Khan - 'Believe me, I won't be another Ken Livingstone'

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2015

London’s mayoral elections have been some of the most personal in British political history. So prominent, and indeed notorious, have the past two holders of the role been, that only first names were needed: Ken and Boris.

Enter stage left, Sadiq. Labour’s former Communities Minister, Sadiq Khan, won the race to fight to reclaim City Hall from the Conservatives earlier this month.


Jeremy Corbyn: 'My Jewish ancestry'

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2015

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he has some Jewish ancestry.

In an interview in today’s Church Times, he revealed that there was a “Jewish element” in the family.

His mother Naomi was a Bible-reading agnostic “brought up in a religious environment and her brother was a vicar, and there was quite a lot of clergy in her family,” he said.


Time to explain, Mr Corbyn

September 17, 2015

When the JC posed a series of questions to Jeremy Corbyn about some of his unsavoury allies, they were met with varying degrees of obfuscation. A month on, he is now Labour leader. And we are no nearer to having even remotely satisfactory answers.


Jeremy Corbyn and the 'Minister for Jews'

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader has come amid divisions in his camp, with senior aides arguing over the apparent intention to appoint a “Minister for Jews”.

A series of leaks from those close to Mr Corbyn revealed a plan intended to pacify the Jewish community following concerns about his links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.


A Minister for Jews? It's a terrible idea

By Martin Bright, September 16, 2015

Who knows where the idea for a Minister for Jews came from within the Corbyn camp? Maybe it was just the ramblings of some over-enthusiastic junior staffer, desperate to rescue the saviour of the Labour Party from himself.

Maybe it was the result of long and carefully considered policy discussions after consultation with the movement.