Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.


MPs call for action to protect Golders Green community ahead of neo-Nazi rally

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2015

A group of MPs has called for “every measure” to be taken to protect the Golders Green community ahead of a planned neo-Nazi demonstration next week.

Led by Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, they have signed an early day motion in Parliament praising the efforts of campaigners to ban the July 4 protest in the heart of the north-west London Jewish community.


Labour's Luciana Berger weds music manager at historic Liverpool synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, June 22, 2015

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP has married at a ceremony in a historic Liverpool synagogue.

Luciana Berger married Alistair Goldsmith at the Grade I-listed Princes Road Synagogue, in the constituency neighbouring the Liverpool Wavertree seat which she represents for Labour.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis officiated at the wedding on Sunday.


David Cameron says far-right Golders Green protesters should feel ‘full force of the law’

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2015

David Cameron has said activists who engage in an antisemitic demonstration planned for Golders Green next month should face “the full force of the law”.

He was responding to a question from Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.


Scottish police investigate Lord Janner over abuse claim

By Marcus Dysch, June 9, 2015

Scottish police are investigating claims that Lord Janner abused a teenage boy in the country in the 1970s.

The decision by Police Scotland to look at the allegations – made almost a quarter of a century ago – comes two months after the Crown Prosecution Service in London decided not to charge the peer over similar claims.


Sheldon Adelson faces accusations of corruption and links to organised crime

By Sebastien Malo, May 27, 2015

A lawsuit against American casino mogul Sheldon Adelson involving accusations of graft and ties to organised crime will be heard in the United States after the businessman lost a bid to force the case out of the country.


John Bercow re-elected as House of Commons Speaker

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2015

John Bercow has been re-elected unopposed as Speaker of the House of Commons as MPs returned to Parliament after the election.

His appointment was the first act of the new Parliament before MPs are sworn in.


Ex MP Lee Scott says antisemitic abuse cost him his seat

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2015

Ousted Conservative MP Lee Scott has said antisemitic abuse cost him his job in Parliament.

Mr Scott was beaten by Labour’s Wes Streeting in Ilford North, missing out by 589 votes.

During the campaign he was the target of death threats and anti-Jewish hatred.

He said there was “no question in my mind” that the attacks on him had contributed to his defeat.


Review: The Audience (starring Kristin Scott Thomas)

By John Nathan, May 8, 2015

Is it me or is the decision by director Stephen Daldry to cast Kristin Scott Thomas as the Queen in this revival of Peter Morgan's play an odd one? Facially, they couldn't be more different. Yet Scott Thomas makes up for being more beautiful than our monarch with a panoply of mannerisms and gestures that are spot-on.