Politics

All-party group helps MPs to define strategy

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Its launch was mired in cross-communal argument, but a parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues has made a successful start with a series of briefings during its first five months.

Members led the defence of religious slaughter in a Lords debate last month and the group has helped Charedi Jews challenge the government over planned welfare and benefit changes.

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'Handshake' row over frum Ukip candidate

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2014

Ukip has attacked reports that claimed an internal party row had broken out over an Orthodox candidate’s refusal to shake hands with women.

Lubavitch Shneur Odze is on the party’s shortlist in the north-west region for the European Parliament elections in May.

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MPs warned over Iran’s nuclear threat

By Marcus Dysch, February 13, 2014

The likelihood of an Israeli pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities is impossible to predict, MPs were told this week.

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Scottish councillor accused over 'Nazi salute'

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

A local councillor who allegedly made a Nazi salute and shouted “sieg heil” at a heated council meeting is to face a disciplinary hearing.

Robert Spears, who sits as part of an independent group on Falkirk council in Scotland, is said to have made the Nazi gesture last May during a debate on the way the council makes decisions.

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Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi apologises for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2014

A Labour MP has apologised after she appeared to compare the situation in Gaza to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

In a Parliamentary debate last week on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Hain’s one-state plan not Labour policy

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

Former Middle East Minister Peter Hain has been criticised by Labour colleagues for promoting a “one-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In a keynote address at Swansea University, the veteran MP said that after two decades of support he had become “increasingly unsure” whether a two-state outcome could be reached.

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Aidan Burley to stand down as MP after Nazi stag-do controversy

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2014

A Conservative MP who hired a Nazi fancy-dress outfit for a stag-do has announced he will not stand for re-election.

Aidan Burley said in a statement released on Wednesday that he had decided to leave Parliament at next year’s general election after “a difficult time”.

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Aidan Burley to stand down as MP

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2014

Conservative MP who hired a Nazi fancy-dress outfit for a stag-do has announced he will not stand for re-election.

Aidan Burley said in a statement released on Wednesday that he had decided to leave Parliament at next year’s general election after “a difficult time”.

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Is there such a thing as a Jewish vote?

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 31, 2014

Earlier this week, Theos, a London-based think-tank, published a major study entitled Voting and Values in Britain: does religion count?

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MPs weigh value of aid to Palestinians

By Marcus Dysch, January 30, 2014

A Parliamentary committee looking into the amount of aid Britain sends to the Palestinian territories and other Middle East recipients, has concluded the first stage of its investigation.

The International Development select committee received written evidence from 40 organisations, charities and officials.

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