Politics

European Parliament vote: a step too far?

January 30, 2014

FRANCE

An opinion poll last Sunday suggested that Marine le Pen’s National Front (FN) — campaigning on an anti-immigration and anti-Europe ticket — will garner the highest proportion of votes of any French party in May’s European elections.

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Tories reject fresh claims over MP Aidan Burley's 'Nazi stag party' role

By Marcus Dysch, January 30, 2014

A Conservative MP who bought a Nazi fancy-dress outfit for a stag-do will not face any further investigation by his party despite fresh media claims that he misled an inquiry.

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Syrian refugees petition delivered to Downing Street

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

A petition calling for Syrian refugees to be allowed into the UK has been delivered to Downing Street.

The document — signed by 630 people — is part of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality’s campaign urging the government to implement a refugee resettlement programme.

Four rabbis, along with JCore director Edie Friedman, presented the petition at No 10.

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Peer attacks shechita as ‘unacceptable’

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Clearer labelling of meat should be introduced in Britain to help identify animals killed in accordance with religious slaughter, peers have argued.

During a fierce debate in the House of Lords, shechita was described as “barbaric” and “absolutely unacceptable” before Jewish peers rallied to defend the practice.

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Tory MP Aidan Burley 'offensive and stupid' over Nazi stag do

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2014

An MP who took part in a Nazi-themed stag party organised the event and bought an SS fancy dress uniform, a Conservative Party report has confirmed.

The exact details of Aidan Burley's level of involvement in the party had been unclear since it took place in France at the end of 2011.

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Labour MP denies he compared Israel to Nazis in tweet

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2014

A Labour MP’s tweet which appeared to compare Israel to the Nazis was “poorly-worded”, the party has admitted.

Grahame Morris posted a message on Sunday showing what appeared to be a group of protesters waving an Israeli flag.

Alongside it he wrote: “Nazis in my village - do you see the flag they fly.”

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Board of Deputies 'manifesto' to assist European candidates

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

A draft “manifesto” aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest has been published by the Board of Deputies.

Published this week in preparation for May’s European elections, the 20-page document is intended to be a guide for MEPs.

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David Cameron set to make first official Israel visit within weeks

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

David Cameron is expected to travel to Israel next month for his long-awaited first official visit as Prime Minister.

Israeli Foreign Ministry sources reported that Mr Cameron would arrive in mid-February, within a week of a visit to the country from German chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Israeli embassy criticises British MPs over Gaza letter

By Marcus Dysch, January 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy in London has hit back at a group of parliamentarians who blamed Israel for the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In a letter published in the Guardian on December 27 - marking the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead - more than two dozen MPs and peers called for the British government to "to take immediate action to bring an end to the blockade on Gaza".

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Come clean on Aidan Burley

December 24, 2013

Two years ago Conservative MP Aidan Burley apologised for his participation in a Nazi-themed stag night. But many questions remain about both the incident and Mr Burley’s account of it — not least because the party has refused to make public the results of its own investigation.

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