Politics

Board of Deputies' arrogance

August 8, 2013

Whatever merit the idea of an All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews might have — and there is a good case to be made for it — the Board of Deputies’ role in its formation is a textbook example of how not to go about such a project.

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Tension as Board of Deputies backs new Parliamentary Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

The creation of a new parliamentary group to promote Jewish issues has brought long-simmering tensions between the Board of Deputies and other communal organisations to the boil.

On Wednesday the Board announced that it would form the secretariat to a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, to launch next month.

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JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein to join Lords as new Peers revealed

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

Times associate editor and JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein has been made a Conservative peer.

He was included on a list of working peerages announced by Downing Street today.

Mr Finkelstein, who is also a JC board member, was previously head of policy at the Conservative Party.

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BBC upholds complaint over David Ward report

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2013

The BBC Trust has published its findings into a complaint about the BBC News website’s reporting of LIb Dem MP David Ward’s controversial “the Jews” comment.

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Suspension of Liberal Democrat MP David Ward is ‘too little, too late’

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2013

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of a “token and empty gesture” after the party removed the whip from MP David Ward for the duration of Parliament’s summer recess.

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David Ward is tip of a toxic iceberg for the Lib Dems

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2013

After months of reports about his involvement in an increasingly bizarre series of incidents, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored at Old Trafford. In celebration, he raised his shirt, revealing a vest emblazoned with the words: “Why always me?”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg may well be asking himself the same question — but he has no right to.

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New Parliamentary chairman for Conservative Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2013

Conservative Friends of Israel’s Parliamentary chairman, James Arbuthnot, is to retire from the role.

He will be replaced by Hertsmere MP James Clappison.

Mr Clappison is currently a vice-chairman of the group, but will take on the top position temporarily while CFI considers a permanent appointment.

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Bennett threatens to leave Bibi coalition over peace talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Naftali Bennett, the Jewish Home party leader, has threatened to leave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government if Israel’s 1967 borders are used as a basis for peace talks.

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Oh, brother: Documenting the rise of the Emanuels

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2013

Zeke Emanuel was the target of bilious commentary by British TV presenters over his participation in a 1981 reality show, Now Get Out of That. An early precursor of the Survivor programmes, the show featured students in an Oxford versus Cambridge challenge performing a variety of physical and mental tasks.

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Burt’s very blurred big picture

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 14, 2013

At the end of June, House Magazine carried an interview with the parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Alistair Burt. Burt has a daunting portfolio, for his responsibilities encompass no less than 27 countries stretching from North America through North Africa to the Middle East.

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