Miliband promises to defend shechita and combat online hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

Labour has pledged to defend shechita and tackle antisemitism in a series of election policies announced on Tuesday.

Launching a separate manifesto aimed at issues affecting minority communities the day after its main policy document, the party’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said more would be done to support ethnic minorities.


Labour manifesto pledges commitment to two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2015

Securing peace in the Middle East is a key foreign policy for Labour, the party’s election manifesto has revealed.

Launched in Manchester on Monday morning, the policy document outlines Labour’s commitment to “a comprehensive two-state solution” for Israel and the Palestinians.


Labour man says it’s a rough ride with Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2015

A Labour veteran has accused party leader Ed Miliband of “betraying” Israel with his position on the Gaza conflict and making it harder for the party’s candidates to be elected in areas with a high proportion of Jewish voters.


Huge majority of British Jews will vote Tory, JC poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2015

British Jews will vote overwhelmingly for the Conservatives, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

Asked who they would support in next month’s general election, 69 per cent of Jewish voters said they would support the Tories. Only 22 per cent said they would vote Labour.


Interview: Jim Murphy

By Robert Philpot, April 6, 2015

As he stood on two Iron-Bru crates campaigning for a "No" vote in last year's Scottish referendum, Jim Murphy's support for Israel was frequently hurled at him as a term of abuse by pro-independence hecklers.


Electrician hopes to spark Labour upset

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Electrician Richard Butler has probably never been compared to Sisyphus, but Labour's candidate in Hertsmere could be forgiven for feeling that he has been handed an impossible task.

Like the ancient Greek king who repeatedly pushed a boulder up a hill only to see it roll back again, Mr Butler faces what looks like inevitable failure.


Tory and Labour veterans renew battle in target Hendon seat

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

When Ed Miliband headed to Hendon to host a public question-and- answer session in January, there was one issue on the audience's mind.

The man hoping to be Prime Minister was repeatedly pushed to defend his stance on Israel by Jewish constituents who vowed never to vote for Labour while he led the party.


Security's a tough issue for Labour

By Robert Philpot, March 5, 2015

"Tough liberals win, weak liberals lose," declared the American political analyst William Schneider in November 1988 after Democrat candidate Michael Dukakis lost a presidential election campaign dominated by law and order.

The notion that elections that turn on security issues - from global terrorism to street crime - tend to favour the right has long been axiomatic.


England's tightest seat may not be so close this time

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2015

Forty-two votes. Glenda Jackson's winning margin in Hampstead and Kilburn five years ago could hardly have been tighter.

It was England's closest constituency result at the last general election. The third-placed Liberal Democrats were only 841 votes behind, making the seat a genuine three-way marginal.


Expecting to benefit from desire for change

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Uma Kumaran, Labour's Harrow East candidate, has what many political analysts see as the x-factor for attracting voters - "real world" experience away from Westminster

Selected two years ago at the age of 26, she believes having worked and volunteered in the NHS has provided an understanding of the issues close to the heart of voters in the constituency.