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Clegg celebrates 'inspiring' Jewish community

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

The deputy Prime Minister has praised the Jewish value of "tikkun olam" or healing the world in a message wishing the community a happy New Year.

Nick Clegg, referring to British Jewry's "rich cultural history and religious traditions spanning back hundreds of years", said there was "so much we can learn from the Jewish community here".


Nick Clegg helps to raise £50K for Jewish Care

February 7, 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister was the guest speaker at Jewish Care's Business Breakfast. He spoke to the 270-strong audience at the Mansion House about the economic, social and political challenges that the Government faces. He went on to praise the work done by Jewish Care. "It is inspiring to hear how so many Jewish Care volunteers and staff are helping people in a way that puts their community and their wishes front and centre." The event raised £50,000 for Jewish Care.

Photos: John Rifkin


Nick Clegg puts recovery on menu

By Jessica Elgot, February 3, 2011

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg outlined the problems the coalition government must tackle when he addressed a Jewish Care business breakfast on Tuesday.

Mr Clegg gave an off-the-cuff talk and took questions from some of the 270 guests in the Egyptian Hall of London's Mansion House.

Although focusing largely on economic issues, he also spoke about a range of key issues facing the coalition, such as the lack of mobility in British society and the need to restore trust in politicians after the expenses scandal.


Nick Clegg wishes you a happy Chanucah

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2010
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The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg sent a video message wishing the community a happy Chanucah.
He described the festival as "a moment to reflect on the timeless importance of tolerance and religious freedom."


Support may come as surprise

By Martin Bright, November 11, 2010

When I mentioned to a Jewish journalist friend that I was off to the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel lunch, he said he didn't know there were any. Other people in the political world joked it would be an intimate occasion, such is the general consensus about Lib Dem hostility to Israel.


The JC and the Phil Woolas affair

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2010

A key section of evidence in the court case which saw a Labour MP stripped of his job focused on a JC report of pre-election attacks on Israel.

At the specially convened election court last week, the former Immigration Minister Phil Woolas was found guilty of lying about his opponent on campaign leaflets. The court ruled that Mr Woolas had stirred racial tensions in the Oldham and Saddleworth constituency, which he won by just 103 votes.

He has been removed from Parliament and thrown out of the Labour Party following the judgment.


Nick Clegg: we got it wrong on Israel

By Martin Bright, November 11, 2010

Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg attempted to open a new chapter in the relationship between the Liberal Democrats and British Jews this week when he emphasised his party’s support for Israel and reiterated the coalition’s pledge to change the law on universal jurisdiction.

He told a lunch held by Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel that he was aware of past tensions, and was engaged in “an operation to clarify misunderstandings”.


Nick Clegg: full speech to Lib Dem Friends of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

It is a pleasure to be here and to see so many distinguished guests, including Rabbi Tony Bayfield and the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. Chief Rabbi, it is hard to exaggerate the esteem in which you are held by British people of all faiths and of none.

Kristallnacht and Government support for Holocaust education


Floods appeal tops £40k

August 19, 2010

World Jewish Relief's emergency appeal for victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan has passed £40,000.

The money has been used to purchase family kits helping almost 6,400 people and will assist in the reconstruction of homes destroyed.

Other organisations are rallying around the WJR appeal. "As a community that has a humanitarian aspect supporting causes outside of our own interests, it's a no-brainer that we will be supporting the WJR's appeal," said Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin.


Nick Clegg: The full JC interview

By Martin Bright, April 29, 2010

What would you do to kick-start talks in the Middle East in order to bring about a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict?

Clearly President Obama has the most leverage over the parties in the peace process. There is a limit to what we can do on our own, but I would like to see the UK and the EU supporting the initiatives being taken by the Americans.