Politics

Police chief to apologise to Lord Brittan's family over handling of false rape claim

By Naomi Firsht, February 7, 2016

The Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will meet Lord Brittan’s widow later this month to apologise for their handling of a false rape allegation.

Sir Bernard will meet Diana Brittan to apologise for Scotland Yard’s failure to confirm Lord Brittan’s innocence before his death last year.

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Parliamentary event cancelled after complaint over anti-Israel speaker

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2016

A Parliamentary event due to be hosted by a controversial Palestinian journalist has been cancelled after a pro-Israel group complained to the organisers.

Abdul Bari Atwan, former editor of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, had been expected to chair a session in Portcullis House on Tuesday night featuring Palestinian students speaking on Skype from Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

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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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Board warning over peer’s Bill to control religious courts

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2016

The House of Lords has given further support to a private members bill to regulate religious tribunals which the Board of Deputies warns could hit Batei Din.

Cross-bencher Baroness Cox wants to force religious courts which arbitrate disputes to comply with equality law.

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Jewish MP promoted to shadow minister says he can work with Jeremy Corbyn despite Israel differences

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

One of Labour’s new shadow foreign ministers has said he believes he can work under Jeremy Corbyn despite their differences of opinion on Israel.

Fabian Hamilton, a vocal critic of the party’s approach to the issue of Palestinian statehood during Ed Miliband’s leadership, said he knew there would be “difficult bridges to cross” in his work alongside Mr Corbyn.

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Israel supporter Michael Dugher sacked from shadow cabinet by Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2016

One of Labour’s leading supporters of Israel has been sacked from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet as part of a New Year reshuffle.

Michael Dugher, a Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair, said he had been removed as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on Tuesday morning.

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How Michael Winner helped direct Margaret Thatcher in tribute role

By Jennifer Lipman, December 31, 2015

Michael Winner persuaded Margaret Thatcher to unveil a memorial for a victim of terror against the wishes of her advisers, confidential papers released this week by the National Archives have revealed.

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Oliver Letwin apologises over remarks about black community made in 1980s

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2015

Cabinet member Oliver Letwin has apologised “unreservedly” for comments he made about black people in a memo after the 1985 Broadwater Farm riot.

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Funeral takes place for Lord Janner

By Charlotte Oliver, December 21, 2015

Mourners gathered to attend Lord Janner’s funeral on Monday afternoon.

The former Labour peer was laid to rest at a United Synagogue cemetery in Willesden, north-west London, in front of family, friends and colleagues from the community. One mourner estimated that there were around 300 people in attendance.

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UK-Israel parliamentary group launched

By Naomi Firsht, December 15, 2015

The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset said a new UK-Israel parliamentary group would build on the “historic connection” between the two countries at the launch on Tuesday.

The group, headed by Deputy Knesset Speaker Hilik Bar and MK Yoav Kisch, aims to build ties between members of parliament in the two countries and will focus on co-operation in trade, science, education and technology.

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