Politics

Anti-Islamophobia parliamentary group drop 'Islamist' secretariat

By Martin Bright, December 8, 2010

A new parliamentary group set up to tackle Islamophobia has been forced to end its partnership with a controversial Muslim organisation which has campaigned against “Zionist” teachings at Jewish schools. It has also defended radical Islamist preachers and targeted moderate Muslim groups which raised concerns about the rise of Islamist politics in Britain.

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On this day: Noam Chomsky is born

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

Known for his vociferously anti-capitalist and anti-western views, as well as for his poster adorning the walls of many a university room, philosopher and academic Noam Chomsky has made no secret of his views on Israel.

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MPs secure parliamentary debate on antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

MPs will have the chance to quiz ministers on the coalition government’s policies to tackle antisemitism next January, thanks to the efforts of two backbench MPs from opposing parties.

The debate, to take place in parliament on January 20, is the first one focused on antisemitism to be set up by backbench MPs.

John Mann and Mike Freer, respectively the chair and vice-president of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Against Antisemitism, instigated the debate to give MPs the opportunity to discuss ways to tackle antisemitism.

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Phil Woolas: 'I'm out' as he loses Oldham East election challenge

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

A by-election will be held in the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency after Labour’s former immigration minister Phil Woolas lost a legal challenge to keep his parliamentary seat.

The High Court today rejected Mr Woolas’ attempt to overturn a ruling which found him guilty of lying about a rival and voided the result of the May election which returned him as the constituency’s MP.

The initial result was challenged by the Liberal Democrat candidate Elwyn Watkins, who lost by just 103 votes.

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Barack Obama's man Rahm Emanuel challenged by own tenant?

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

Barack Obama’s former chief of staff has hit an unusual obstacle in his bid to become the next mayor of Chicago.

Rahm Emanuel, the Jewish politician who left the White House in September to concentrate on the 2011 vote, could be challenged by his own tenant.

Rob Halpin, who has described himself as “a businessman, not a professional politician”, has told US reporters that he is planning to take on his landlord.

He has already proved a problem by refusing to move out of the property he was renting when Mr Emanuel returned to the city from Washington.

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Lord Young tells David Cameron 'I quit' after recession gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The Conservative peer Lord Young of Graffham has resigned as an economics adviser to David Cameron after commenting that people hit by the recession “have never had it so good”.

The Prime Minister has accepted Lord Young’s resignation from the unpaid role, just hours after he said the Jewish peer would be “doing a bit less speaking in future".

Labour politicians criticised him for displaying "complete indifference” after the peer told the Daily Telegraph that “this so-called recession” had actually had a positive impact on some people.

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In pictures: the new peers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The Jewish faces soon to be seen in the House of Lords

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Oona King, Michael Grade, Stanley Fink to go to House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) and the former chief executive of the Chief Rabbi’s Office are among the more than 50 new members of the House of Lords.

Monroe Palmer, a Liberal Democrat councillor, will be joined as a peer by two Jewish former MPs, Susan Kramer and Oona King.

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Technology chief Jonathan Kestenbaum set for Lords

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The former manager of Great Britain’s Maccabiah Team is expected to be named as a Labour peer later today.

Jonathan Kestenbaum, chief executive of the endowment fund for science and technology (NESTA), has been tipped to be included on a list of as many as 50 new working peers to be announced by Downing Street.

Jewish academic Dr Maurice Glasman and former Labour MP Oona King are also expected to be given peerages, as are Andrew Feldman, the joint chairman of the Conservative party, and the party’s treasurer Stanley Fink.

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African rabbi in bid to become first Ugandan Jewish MP

By Jennifer Lipman, November 18, 2010

A Ugandan Jew who grew up under the Idi Amin regime is hoping to become the first rabbi serving in a national parliament outside of Israel or Europe.

If Gershom Sizomu is elected he will also be the first Ugandan Jew elected to national office.

The African country goes to the polls in February 2011 and this week Rabbi Sizomu will find out if his application to stand for the parliamentary seat of Bungonkho North, in the city of Mbale, has been accepted by the electoral commission.

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