Politics

London needs a mayor to govern for all

December 17, 2014

London is a dynamic, vibrant, successful, open, tolerant and exciting world city – a city I love and one I’m proud to have always called home. But it is a city facing great challenges: a housing crisis, rising living costs, rampant inequality, and a decline in community spirt.

More..

I’ve received five death threats, says Jewish MP

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

An MP has received multiple death threats in the last year, leading him to check his family’s cars for booby traps and close his drop-in surgery.

Lee Scott, the Conservative representative for Ilford North, said in parliament he’d had five threats made to his life, including a caller who told him he should be “stoned to death”.

More..

Nigel Farage: Muslims to blame for antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has blamed Muslims for what he called “a sharp rise in antisemitism” in Britain and Europe.

Speaking during his weekly phone-in show on London’s LBC Radio, Mr Farage told a caller from Highgate: “I have detected quite a sharp rise in antisemitism, not just in this country, but across the rest of Europe too.

More..

Knesset votes to dissolve in preparation for election

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

The Knesset has voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for elections.

The measure was passed unanimously by 84 votes to 0, with one abstention. The move will be finalised on Monday in second and third readings.

Knesset faction leaders agreed on March 17, 2015 as the date for the election.

More..

MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

More..

ANALYSIS: Hagel disproved doubters on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2014

In the brief period in which Chuck Hagel served as the United States Secretary of Defence before being forced to resign this week he hardly left his mark on the Pentagon, America's armed services or the regions in which they operate.

More..

‘I was mentally raped’, claims MP caught by newspaper sting

By Syam Kumar, November 14, 2014

Jewish MP Brooks Newmark has claimed he felt “mentally raped” after he was caught sending naked pictures of himself to a reporter posing as a young female activist in a newspaper sting.

More..

Ten arrested near Luciana Berger’s Liverpool office

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2014

Police have refused to link the arrest of a gang of suspected neo-Nazis close to an office used by Jewish MP Luciana Berger with the hate campaign being waged against her.

Ten people were questioned after being held yards from a site where Ms Berger regularly holds surgeries for local constituents.

Armed police and forensics teams searched a number of properties following the arrests.

More..

Student politics isn’t working

By Maggie Suissa, October 24, 2014

Last week, while we were sitting in our succahs, student politics took a worrying turn.

Goldsmiths students union rejected a motion which called to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as other days marking genocides in Europe.

More..