Politics

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan denies rape allegation

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has said an allegation that he indecently assaulted a woman in the 1960s is “wholly without foundation”.

It has emerged that Lord Brittan was questioned by police last month following an allegation of rape.

The 74-year-old was once one of five Jewish cabinet members in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

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Leon Brittan defends role over Westminster sex abuse claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has responded to calls for him to explain what he knew about allegations of paedophilia in Westminster in the 1980s.

Lord Brittan issued a statement after Labour MP Simon Danczuk said there should be a national inquiry into allegations of historic sex abuse.

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Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.

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Tory MP Michael Fabricant apologises over 'punch a journalist' jibe

By Marcus Dysch, June 20, 2014

A Conservative MP has apologised after posting a tweet saying he would like to punch a female journalist in the throat.

Michael Fabricant, whose late father Isaac was the rabbi of Brighton and Hove Synagogue, targeted Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after she appeared on a television debate.

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Why not Le Pen, Nigel?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 3, 2014

With 17 seats, Italian comedian-turned-party leader, Beppe Grillo and his party, the Five-Star Movement, will join the newly elected European Parliament alongside other Eurosceptic parties from left and right.

Is he a suitable potential ally with whom Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage can form a joint parliamentary group?

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Why Grillo is Farage’s new best friend

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2014

UIkip leader Nigel Farage has welcomed the possibility of a “magnificent” alliance with Beppe Grillo, the controversial Italian politician who has been widely accused of antisemitism.

Mr Farage met Mr Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (5SM), in Brussels to discuss a possible deal between their parties in the European Parliament.

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Ukip man refuses to apologise for 'ethnic cleansing' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2014

One of the UK Independence Party’s most prominent Jewish activists has refused to apologise after suggesting white people had been ethnically cleansed from an area of London.

Jeremy Zeid, chairman of the party’s Harrow branch in north west London, wrote on Twitter after visiting a Ukip MEP in Essex: “The almost absence of white faces in Ilford is worrying.”

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Final list emerges for Israeli president race

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 28, 2014

Six contenders remained in the race to be Israel’s next president as the list closed on Tuesday.

The candidates, who managed to collect the necessary ten signatures of Knesset members, included three serving MKs.

Former Speaker Rubi Rivlin is widely regarded the front-runner, although he has not been endorsed as his Likud party’s official candidate.

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Economics only part of the solution

By Matthew Goodwin, May 28, 2014

Once again, the far right is dominating Europe’s media and political debate.

The latest set of European Parliament elections has seen significant gains by parties that are commonly included in the far-right family.

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European election: going backwards

By Michael Goldfarb, May 28, 2014

Symbolism. That’s what the European parliamentary elections are really about. Voting for representatives to a legislative body that has no real power but is a “symbol” of a united Europe.

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