London mayoral elections

Labour’s London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan ‘called for sanctions against Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2016

Sadiq Khan regularly lobbied for sanctions against Israel when his party was in government, despite using his London mayoral campaign to claim he had consistently opposed such moves.

The Labour candidate had contacted leading politicians including David Miliband, who was then Foreign Secretary, in an effort to have measures imposed against Israel.

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Chief Rabbi will not 'dignify' George Galloway's candidacy by meeting him, spokesman says

By Sandy Rashty, March 2, 2016

George Galloway would be “honoured” to meet Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, his spokesman has told the JC.

But a spokesman for the head of the United Synagogue said there was "no chance" the rabbi would meet the former Respect party MP.

Mr Galloway, who is a long-standing anti-Israel activist, is currently campaigning to succeed Boris Johnson as the next Mayor of London.

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Labour London mayor candidate Sadiq Khan distances himself from ‘unsavoury characters’

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2016

Sadiq Khan has attempted to distance himself from extremists with whom he has been associated.

Labour's London mayoral candidate said despite having shared platforms with alleged radical clerics, he was the only candidate fit to tackle the surge of Islamist extremism in Britain.

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Tory mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith out to stop ‘weird’ Labour

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election, has called Labour "aggressively extreme" with its leader Jeremy Corbyn representing a "real danger" to the Jewish community and the country.

Mr Goldsmith, whose late father Sir James Goldsmith and grandfather were Jewish, will take on Labour candidate Sadiq Khan in May.

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Labour is 'aggressively extreme' under Jeremy Corbyn, warns Tory London mayor hopeful Zac Goldsmith

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election, has launched a wide-ranging attack on Labour, describing it as “aggressively extreme”.

Jeremy Corbyn represented a “real danger” to both the country and the Jewish community, he suggested.

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Communist spells out policy to compete in next year's mayoral election

By Rosa Doherty, November 26, 2015

You probably haven't heard of Jonathan Silberman, the 63-year-old factory worker who has signed up to compete in next year's mayoral election on behalf of the Communist League.

But the candidate for the left-wing party is under no illusion about his chances of winning. "I am completely realistic," he says.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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