Politics

Most Ukip voters would not accept a Jewish prime minister, poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2015

Fewer than half of all Ukip supporters would be prepared to accept a Jewish politician becoming prime minister, polling has revealed.

Only 48 per cent of people intending to vote for the party agreed that a Jewish leader would be as acceptable as any other in Downing Street.

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Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies aged 75

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died after a long battle with cancer, his family have said.

The 75-year-old was once one of five Jewish cabinet members in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

He died at his home in London on Wednesday night.

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Far-right leader resigns over Hitler photo

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

The leader of a German far-right movement has resigned after a photo of him posing as Adolf Hitler on Facebook went viral.

Lutz Bachmann co-founded Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, in October and has since organised weekly marches that have attracted up to 25,000 people.

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William Hague tells UK Jews there is no need to leave

By Josh Jackman, January 12, 2015

William Hague has told the Jewish community that there is no need for them to leave Britain following recent terror attacks.

Speaking at JW3 community centre after four Jews were killed in a kosher supermarket in Paris, the former foreign secretary assured the Jewish community that the government was doing all it could to prevent similar atrocities occurring in the UK.

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2015: Election year of flux

January 2, 2015

Anyone who proclaims with certainty that they know what 2015 holds is either a fool or a liar. But one thing we do know is that there will be new governments in both Israel and the UK. As for the results, however… your guess is as good as anyone’s.

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Clegg: I’m aware of tensions

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

Nick Clegg has acknowledged the ongoing tension between his party and the Jewish community during a Chanucah reception at his official Whitehall residence.

He said he was aware of difficulties in the relationship following another year in which Liberal Democrat figures pushed for an arms embargo on Israel and made controversial statements about the country.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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