Politics

Peerage for Thatcher aide

By Sandy Rashty, August 31, 2013

Sir Stephen Sherbourne will take up his seat in House of Lords in October after a longstanding political career in Westminster and public affairs.

The newly-created peer, who will sit on the Tory benches, served as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s political secretary and chief of staff to Conservative leader Sir Michael Howard.

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Nick Clegg lauds kind, just community in Rosh Hashanah message

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has issued Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish community.

The Liberal Democrat leader said the New Year was a time to “reflect on the past and celebrate what’s to come”.

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Board merger talks still on despite JLC row

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

Merger talks between the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council are due to resume the week after Rosh Hashanah despite the row between them over a new political group.

JLC leaders were furious last month at not being consulted over the Board’s decision to form the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, set to launch in the autumn.

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Fears over Israel influenced MPs in Syria vote

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Parliament's rejection last night of possible British military action in Syria followed hours of debate on the use of chemical weapons.

MPs defeated a government motion and led Prime Minister David Cameron to rule out British involvement in potential US-led strikes.

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Mayoral race that all Israel is watching

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

Local elections in Israel are normally just that — local.

While the national parties have representatives at the municipal level, many of the country’s mayors and council leaders are political independents, leading lists consisting of candidates from across the spectrum. Campaigns are generally fought out over issues closer to home, not the left-right divide.

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Bundestag votes to probe failings over neo-Nazi cell

By Bernard Josephs, August 29, 2013

A parliamentary inquiry has begun in Berlin following a series of racism-motivated murders carried out by a neo-Nazi cell which has been active for almost ten years.

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Sex-charge Filner quits as mayor

By Tom Tugend, August 29, 2013

Robert Earl (“Bob”) Filner resigned as mayor of San Diego last Friday, becoming the latest in a string of Jewish politicians laid low by their sexual improprieties.

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Lobbying legislation brings communal fears for security and shechita

By Marcus Dysch, August 29, 2013

Senior community figures fear that Jewish organisations could cease to function if government plans to curb political lobbying become law.

An internal Jewish Leadership Council briefing paper, seen by the JC, warns its members of the implications of legislation aimed at regulating charities’ political campaigning before general elections.

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Australian MP provokes anger over pro-Orthodox voting guide

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

An Australian MP’s attempt to curry favour with Orthodox Jews appears to have backfired.

Michael Danby, the Labour MP for Melbourne Ports in Victoria, has created two voting guides which provide examples of how to fill in ballots, the second of which relegates Australian Sex Party candidate Melissa Star from second voting preference to last.

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Why Finchley is a litmus test for Labour’s election hopes

By Martin Bright, August 23, 2013

One of the first things to strike the outsider who comes into contact with Britain’s Jewish communities is the way the ultra-local is often combined with the uber-global.

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