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.


Jeremy Corbyn: 'My Jewish ancestry'

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2015

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he has some Jewish ancestry.

In an interview in today’s Church Times, he revealed that there was a “Jewish element” in the family.

His mother Naomi was a Bible-reading agnostic “brought up in a religious environment and her brother was a vicar, and there was quite a lot of clergy in her family,” he said.


Sir Malcolm Rifkind cleared over 'cash-for-access' allegation

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2015

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has been cleared of any wrongdoing after he was implicated in a “cash-for-access” row earlier this year.

The former Foreign Secretary was secretly filmed appearing to offer his services to a private firm for cash.


Luciana Berger: 'Why I joined Jeremy Corbyn's cabinet'

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2015

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP has explained her decision to take a role in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet despite his links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.

Luciana Berger said she had a “full and frank discussion” with the new Labour leader before agreeing to become Shadow Mental Health Secretary.


Parliament rejects debate on Benjamin Netanyahu arrest petition

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2015

Parliament will not debate a petition which called for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged war crimes, despite more than 100,000 people backing it.

The House of Commons’ Petitions Committee said it would not hold a debate in Westminster Hall on the issue following Mr Netanyahu’s visit to Britain last week.


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.


Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Downing Street for talks with David Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2015

David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu have met for talks in Downing Street as the Israeli Prime Minister begins the second day of his visit to Britain.

Mr Netanyahu was greeted outside Number Ten by his counterpart.

The men then began discussions on issues expected to include the Iran nuclear deal and the terror threat in Europe.


Parliament may debate Netanyahu arrest as petition gains 105,000 signatures

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2015

A petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in London this week has passed 100,000 signatories, meaning a parliamentary debate could be held on the issue.

Opponents of the Israeli leader have campaigned for him to be detained on suspicion of war crimes.


Answer questions about links to antisemites, Board leader tells Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn publicly to reject Hamas and Hizbollah if he is to gain the trust of British Jews.

Mr Arkush said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the terrorist groups were one of the causes of the community’s concerns about the likelihood of him becoming leader.


Lubavitcher Shneur Odze wants to be Ukip’s London mayor candidate

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

A former Conservative councillor has said he wants to be Ukip’s candidate in next year’s London mayoral election.

Shneur Odze will run to be the party’s candidate for City Hall, and to be a London Assembly member when voters go to the polls in May 2016.

He stood for Ukip in last year’s European elections and was the only strictly Orthodox candidate in Nigel Farage’s party.