Politics

Sir Eric Pickles to lead MPs’ delegation to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel has announced that its chairman Sir Eric Pickles will lead on a delegation of MPs to Israel.

The former cabinet minister will lead CFI’s new team of parliamentary officers on the high-profile trip next week.

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David Cameron: We can’t fight the Islamist threat until we’ve tackled Jew-hate

By Marcus Dysch, July 23, 2015

● PM condemns conspiracy theories
● Attacks double-standards on Israel
● Says Paris terror was tipping point

David Cameron’s pledge to tackle antisemitism as a vital first stage of the government’s strategy to defeat Islamist extremism has been welcomed by Jewish organisations.

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Ben Rich appointed interim chief of staff for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ communications consultant is to leave his role to run the office of new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Ben Rich, a public relations specialist, worked with Mr Farron during the party’s leadership contest during the past three months.

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Jeremy Corbyn clarifies Balfour Declaration remark after hustings confusion

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2015

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has ended confusion over remarks he made during a hustings event with the Jewish community.

He appeared alongside fellow MPs Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall at the JW3 community centre in north-west London on Monday at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel, the Jewish Labour Movement and the JC.

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Labour leadership candidates clash at Jewish community hustings

By Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

The Labour leadership candidates have outlined their positions on Israel in a packed hustings with the Jewish community.

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall appeared at the JW3 community centre at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel and the JC.

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WATCH: Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn: Why I called Hamas our friends

July 14, 2015

MP Jeremy Corbyn has explained why he described Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” during a parliamentary meeting on the Middle East.

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David Cameron tells Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub: 'You will be missed'

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2015

David Cameron has written to outgoing Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub to thank him for his diplomatic work during four years in Britain.

The Prime Minister said Mr Taub had played a “crucial role” in improving ties between the countries.

In a hand-written note at the end of the letter, Mr Cameron thanked the ambassador for “the many kind things you have said about me”.

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Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn: Why I called Hamas our friends

July 14, 2015

MP Jeremy Corbyn has explained why he described Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” during a parliamentary meeting on the Middle East.

The Labour leadership candidate said he had used the term in a "collective way" but insisted he does not agree with what either organisation does.

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Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.

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