Labour

Boris Johnson promises 'good deal for London' after defeating Ken Livingstone

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2012

A bitterly fought election campaign ended on Friday evening with Boris Johnson named the next mayor of London.

The Conservative incumbent defeated Ken Livingstone by a narrow margin of 51.5 per cent to 48.5 per cent.

He pledged to fight for a “good deal for Londoners,” and thanked voters for giving him “a new chance and a new mandate to take us forward”.

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Why won't Andrew Lansley condemn union that banned an Israeli speaker?

By Martin Bright and Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has refused to intervene over the withdrawal of an invitation to an Israeli conflict resolution expert to speak at an NHS-sponsored event next week.

The invitation to Moty Cristal, who has advised Palestinian groups and human rights organisations, was cancelled following a demand from the Unison trade union.

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Livingstone offers former Labour rival Oona King a job

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone has offered his former party rival a job if he is elected.

Mr Livingstone announced today that he would make Oona King his Young People's Champion if he was victorious at next week's vote.

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for inquiry on 'pro-Israel lobby'

By Martin Bright, April 19, 2012

The left-wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has backed calls for an inquiry into the influence of "pro-Israel lobbying groups" on government policy.

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MPs: We speak up for Israel - and get death threats

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

MPs who have spoken in support of Israel have been forced to limit the information they make available to constituents and take other security precautions after being sent death threats or abusive messages by post, by phone or online, a JC investigation has revealed.

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Mofaz boost in Kadima race

March 22, 2012

A week ahead of the Kadima primaries on March 27, the centrist party is the scene of a head-to-head battle between party chairman and ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and former defence minister Shaul Mofaz, who is vying to take the party reins from Ms Livni.

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Baroness Tonge: I got great support over my Israel line

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Baroness Tonge has told the House of Lords she has received hundreds of letters of support following her resignation of the Liberal Democrat whip last month.

The controversial peer, now sitting as an independent, claimed 700 letters had arrived since she made anti-Israel comments at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

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Jews won't vote for me because they are rich, Ken Livingstone tells Labour activists

By Martin Bright, March 22, 2012

Prominent Labour-supporting Jewish Londoners have written a devastating letter to Ed Miliband expressing their profound concerns about mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone.

The letter, a copy of which has been seen by the JC, was written in response to a meeting held on March 1 at which Mr Livingstone stood by his decision to embrace radical Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi and take money from the

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Mayoral candidates grilled by Jewish Forum

By Martin Bright, March 22, 2012

The London mayoral candidates have been invited to a series of breakfast meetings with representatives of the Jewish community to be hosted by the London Jewish Forum. The first to accept is Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick who will make his case on April 4 at an as yet undisclosed location in north west London.

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Labour candidate: Ken Livingstone's rich Jews claim 'offensive and wrong'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

Ken Livingstone's "erroneous, wrong and offensive" claim that Jews won't vote Labour because they are rich has been condemned by a Labour Party candidate for the Greater London Assembly.

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