Greens want to end EU trade deal with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Green Party would suspend the European Union’s trade agreement with Israel, according to the party’s election manifesto.

Launched in London on Tuesday morning by Green leader Natalie Bennett, the policy document highlights the approach that would be taken to the Middle East.


UKIP candidate for Hendon 'fearful' of British Muslims

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2015

Ukip’s new parliamentary candidate for Hendon has denied he is Islamophobic, despite saying he is “fearful” of Britain’s Muslim community.

Raymond Shamash was announced as the party’s candidate for the north-west London constituency on Monday.

His appointment came following Jeremy Zeid’s resignation after he called on the Israeli government to kidnap Barack Obama.


Talks over meat row continue

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

Negotiations between the London Board for Shechita and the Federation of Synagogues are continuing in an effort to avert a deepening rift over the supply of kosher meat to London.

The Federation has rejected claims that the launch of its new meat range two weeks ago is in conflict with its membership of the LBS.

After a three-hour meeting last Friday, the two organisations issued a joint sta


Federation denies it is placing shechita at risk

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

Federation of Synagogues president Andrew Cohen rebutted claims this week that its new shechita operation could put the future of British kosher beef at risk.


Opponents agree over shechita

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip voiced their opposition to a boycott of Israel and a ban on shechita at a Board of Deputies hustings.

Conservative cabinet minister Sajid Javid joined figures from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party in telling the audience of 100 deputies that the government must maintain the rights of the Jewish community.


Farage: ban isn't our policy

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has again attempted to distance himself from his party officials' plans to ban shechita.

Speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage said he had never wavered in his support for religious slaughter.

Last month Ukip's national executive committee (NEC) adopted a policy which would ban non-stun slaughter.

Mr Farage said: "I never U-turned.


I do not support shechita ban, says Nigel Farage

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he has never supported a ban on shechita, and neither has his party.

Speaking on the BBC’s Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage responded to questions about his party’s confused approach by saying that the anti-shechita policy announced on the Ukip website last month was not the party’s stance.


Shechita is safe with us say Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens

By Josh Jackman, March 15, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip have expressed their opposition to a ban on shechita.

At a Board of Deputies hustings on Sunday, politicians from Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party told an audience of around 100 that the government must respect the right of religious slaughter.


United Synagogue attacks Federation meat operation as 'jeopardising shechita'

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2015

The United Synagogue has hit out at the Federation of Synagogues’ new kosher meat operation, claiming that it could lead to price rises.

The Federation’s mehadrin meat range – aimed at strictly Orthodox consumers – went on sale in one London shop on Wednesday.


New kosher meat operation 'could put shechita at risk'

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2015

The president of the London Board for Shechita has warned that a new meat operation launched by the Federation of Synagogues could threaten the future of kosher beef in Britain.

Benjamin Mire said the initiative could result in the closure of the LBS's cattle abattoirs in Manchester.