Labour

Labour ousts Tower Hamlets mayoral candidate Lutfur Rahman

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A Labour councillor alleged to have links with an Islamic fundamentalist group has been removed as the party’s candidate to become mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Labour’s National Executive Committee has suspended Lutfur Rahman and chosen another candidate to replace him.

Mr Rahman, who represents the borough’s Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, was nominated as Labour’s candidate earlier in the year despite opposition from local party members.

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Hall of Fame: Harry Mount

September 13, 2010

"It is an extraordinary achievement for two brothers to get so far.


"But then, consider their background, and it doesn’t seem so extraordinary. Jewish North Londoners are a quite exceptionally bright and successful bunch.


"The reasons for the success of Jewish North Londoners are clear – close-knit families, parental affection and a reverence for education."





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David Miliband: time to focus on peace talks

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2010

The Jewish politician hoping to be the next leader of the Labour party has wished Britain’s Jewish community “a happy, healthy and sweet new year of peace and prosperity.”

David Miliband said Rosh Hashanah was “an opportunity to look forward to the coming year, and also a period of reflection and soul searching.”

The MP and shadow foreign secretary added: "The New Year is a good time for us all to focus on the peace talks in the Middle East.

"There are those who want to knock the talks off course, often violently.

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Mayoral candidate's 'extremist' links

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

A man who allegedly has connections with an Islamic fundamentalist group is in the running to become the first directly-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Councillor Lutfur Rahman, who represents the borough’s Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, has been nominated as Labour’s candidate for the executive mayor position.

Mr Rahman has faced scrutiny in the past following claims that he is linked with the fundamentalist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), which operates from the East London mosque.

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Harriet Harman's Rosh Hashanah greetings

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2010

Harriet Harman has wished Britain’s Jewish community a very happy and peaceful new year.

The acting leader of the Labour Party and MP for Camberwell and Peckham, said: As we draw close to Rosh Hashanah I would like to wish the Jewish community in the UK and around the world a very happy and peaceful New Year.

“I know many Jews will use this opportunity to pray for peace and to reflect on what we can all do to help our communities thrive and flourish in the days and year ahead.

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MP Fabian Hamilton: hard to defend Israel

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

The Labour MP for Leeds North East, Fabian Hamilton, says it is becoming more and more difficult to defend Israel in the House of Commons.

The long-serving Jewish MP represents Alwoodley, Moortown and Roundhay, home to the majority of Leeds' 8,000 Jews.

He said: "Labour Friends of Israel is still quite strong, as are the Conservatives. But there is a stronger pro-Palestinian lobby too. Some of Israel's mistakes have really strengthened them.

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Labour leader candidates debate Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2010

The five candidates in the Labour leadership race have set out their views on Israel and Palestine in front of a packed audience at Stratford Town Hall.

Speaking at the Labour leadership hustings for young Labour Party members, the candidates responded to a question from the audience: “What is your stance on Israel?”

Former Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband called himself a “critical friend of Israel” and spoke of the need to be tough on the Israeli government, calling for an end to the Gaza blockade.

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Ed Miliband first to be nominated for Labour leadership

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2010

Ed Miliband has edged out his older brother to become the first contender for the Labour leadership with enough nominations to stand.

The former Energy and Climate Change Secretary is leading the six-way race to take charge of the Labour Party, having scooped up five more than the 38 signatures needed for a leadership bid.

But the 40-year-old will face a tough challenge in the contest, which will be decided at the Labour Party conference in September.

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New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry

By Jessica Elgot, May 14, 2010

The one-time BBYO leader, Grant Shapps, has been appointed Housing Minister in David Cameron’s new government.

Mr Shapps, who represents Welwyn and Hatfield, is a former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party. He will be part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, headed by Eric Pickles.

Oliver Letwin, once Shadow Chancellor when Michael Howard led the party, has been made Minister of State for Policy, and will attend cabinet meetings when required.

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