Politics

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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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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