Labour

Senior Labour MPs to join delegation to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2013

Senior Labour shadow cabinet members are due to join the party’s biggest delegation to visit Israel for years.

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy will lead the group — co-ordinated by Labour Friends of Israel — in meetings with Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon and other counter-terror experts.

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Party over for political Friends of Israel groups

By Martin Bright, September 23, 2013

When my old friend Sunder Katwala was head of the centre-left Fabian Society he had one of his many bright ideas.

Tired of the sniping and bitterness that had poisoned the debate over the Middle East in Britain, he suggested that no senior Labour politician should appear at a meeting held by Labour Friends of Israel unless it was jointly held with Labour Friends of Palestine.

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Lawyer wins Labour candidacy for Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2013

Lawyer Sarah Sackman will be the Labour candidate in the Finchley and Golders Green constituency at the 2015 general election.

Ms Sackman was selected at a party meeting at Finchley Progressive Synagogue on Sunday.

Among the candidates she beat was Alon Or-Bach, who could have become the first Israeli to be a British MP.

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Why Finchley is a litmus test for Labour’s election hopes

By Martin Bright, August 23, 2013

One of the first things to strike the outsider who comes into contact with Britain’s Jewish communities is the way the ultra-local is often combined with the uber-global.

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Former MP Andrew Dismore attacked over union ties

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

A Parliamentary candidate has denied that his links to an anti-Israel trade union are hypocritical.

Andrew Dismore, the former Labour MP for Hendon, has a long-standing association with the Fire Brigades Union, which has repeatedly campaigned for a boycott against Israel.

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JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein to join Lords as new Peers revealed

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

Times associate editor and JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein has been made a Conservative peer.

He was included on a list of working peerages announced by Downing Street today.

Mr Finkelstein, who is also a JC board member, was previously head of policy at the Conservative Party.

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‘Battling granny’ who saw off Griffin turns sights on fat cats

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Grilling the fat cats from multinationals such as Google and Amazon holds little fear for Margaret Hodge. After all, she was the Labour MP who faced down the challenge of British National Party leader Nick Griffin at the last election, inflicting a crushing defeat that sent the BNP into a possibly terminal decline.

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Ed Balls: Israel can teach us how to grow economy

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised the “strength and dynamism” of Israeli innovation and urged British companies to increase their business links with the country.

Mr Balls said Britain needed to take its financial ties with Israel “to the next level” by putting the country’s high-tech developments “on people’s radars”.

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Alexander bang on

July 4, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander hit the nail squarely on the head in his speech to Labour Friends of Israel this week. Tackling the boycotters within his own party, he made clear that "now is the time to deepen, not weaken" economic and cultural links with Israel. Quite so.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander warns Labour over Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has warned critics of Israel on the left that “now is the time to deepen, not weaken” economic and cultural links.

Mr Alexander said Labour supporters must “desist from language of delegitimisation” and stop attempts to cut academic and trade union ties with Israel.

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