London mayoral elections

London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan says he’s met 'countless people' who think 9/11 was a Mossad plot

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2015

Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan has described his experience of meeting extremists who claim the September 11 terror attacks were a “Mossad conspiracy”.

Mr Khan said he had come across people who believed Jewish workers in New York had been “tipped off” to stay away from the Twin Towers before the planes hit the buildings.


Khan: a friend and boycotter

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 16, 2015

Seasoned addicts of this column will, I hope, agree that I've never used it to advocate voting for a particular political party or a political person. I myself have never belonged to any political party, and I regard myself as a detached academic observer, grown ever more cynical as one birthday has followed another.


Labour donor who heckled Jeremy Corbyn challenges leader to say he recognises Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2015

The Jewish donor who heckled Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel reception has used a television appearance to challenge the party leader to say he recognises the country.

Michael Foster told the BBC’s Daily Politics programme he had shouted at Mr Corbyn at Tuesday’s event because he felt the politician was not addressing the concerns of the LFI audience.


Zac Goldsmith selected as Tories' London mayor candidate

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2015

Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Conservative candidate for next year’s London Mayoral election.

Mr Goldsmith, whose late father Sir James Goldsmith and grandfather were Jewish, won with a landslide victory – collecting 70 per cent of the votes in the Tory selection process.

He will take on Labour candidate Sadiq Khan next May in the battle to succeed Boris Johnson in City Hall.


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.


Sadiq Khan: I'll be best London mayor

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2015

Labour's candidate for next year's Mayor of London election has pledged to work with the capital's Jewish community.

Sadiq Khan said he wanted to repair relations with London Jews after he was selected last Friday.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.


Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Sadiq Khan has won the race to be Labour’s candidate in next year’s London mayor election.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.

The former Communities Minister, who has supported Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest, said he was “humbled” to
have been selected.


She's a woman of 'inner steel' but insists: I still miss my Jewish mother

By Robert Philpot, December 18, 2014

For Seb Coe, her partner in bringing the Olympics to London, Tessa Jowell was "Mary Poppins in stilettos".

The former Labour cabinet minister agrees that, beneath her soft exterior, there lies a more steely core.


London needs a mayor to govern for all

December 17, 2014

London is a dynamic, vibrant, successful, open, tolerant and exciting world city – a city I love and one I’m proud to have always called home. But it is a city facing great challenges: a housing crisis, rising living costs, rampant inequality, and a decline in community spirt.


Labour's Douglas Alexander attacks Ken Livingstone over 'rich Jews' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has attacked former London Mayor Ken Livingstone over his comments about Jewish voters.

Douglas Alexander said Mr Livingstone was “wrong” to suggest that “wealthy Jews” would not vote for him in the capital's mayoral election earlier this year.