UK government

Mixed response to May's faith school plan

By Lianne Kolirin, September 15, 2016

The government's decision to lift the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to new free schools has prompted differing reactions across the Jewish community.

While many leading figures welcomed the move, others, including parents, expressed concern.

Theresa May made the announcement as part of a major overhaul of secondary education.


Is end of 50 per cent cap a good idea?

September 15, 2016

YES - Rabbi David Meyer

It is essential that the government remove the 50 per cent cap on faith schools.

The cap was introduced with the aim of supporting inclusivity and tolerance and to try to combat rising fundamentalism, and in this objective it has failed.


Boundary changes may impact constituencies with large Jewish communities

By Daniel Sugarman, September 13, 2016

Proposed changes to the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies may significantly affect areas with large Jewish populations.

The Boundary Commission for England published its boundary recommendations this morning. The proposals, due to take effect in 2018, include suggestions to create new constituencies, abolish others, and redraw the borders of many more.


Party of shalom? Maybe not with not-so-sweet Caroline

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2016

Please don't do a double-take. Reading today's column may feel like déjà vu but, as political life in Westminster got back into full swing this week, the same issues, the same characters and the same concerns immediately bubbled back to the surface.

While I cannot bring myself to re-visit Ken Livingstone's incendiary comments on Hitler and Zionism, other recurring matters cannot be avoided.


Who are going to be our champions at Westminster now?

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2016

Gold may be the colour we have all been focusing on this week with Team GB's successes in Rio, but a couple of bronzes really got me thinking.

Two leading Jewish figures in Labour's mayoral candidate selections in Liverpool and Manchester went largely unnoticed last week.


Government earmarks new money to combat hate crime

By Daniel Sugarman, July 25, 2016

The government is to set up a new £2.4 million fund to pay for protection of UK religious institutions, it has been announced.

The Home Office had said that the money was for “protective security at synagogues, mosques, churches and other places of worship”.

But a spokesperson made clear on Tuesday that, contrary to prior reports, synagogues would not be included within the scheme.


Ros Altmann: 'I felt like I was in detention'

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2016

Ros Altmann has described her time as David Cameron's Pensions Minister as "the most terrible experience", and claimed that her health suffered because of the stress of being "silenced" by government officials.


Government water project aims to help Israelis and Palestinians work together

By Daniel Sugarman, July 21, 2016

The government has launched a joint initiative with Israeli and Palestinian scientists aimed at encouraging them to work together to solve health and water issues.

The programme, known as Growth, will offer fellowships to Palestinian water technology and health students, enabling them to conduct postgraduate studies in Israeli laboratories as well as to take part in UK conferences.


'Israel is creating terrorists with a justified grudge', Baroness Tonge claims

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Baroness Tonge has accused Israel of being responsible for the rise of Islamist terrorism and Daesh.

The life peer told the House of Lords that Israel was provoking a generation of violent extremists who would have “a justified grudge” against Israel and Britain.


Concern as Alan Duncan gets FCO post

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2016

Theresa May's cabinet has fewer Jewish ministers than any government for a decade, but the appointment of a number of key ministers will draw the interest of the community.

Sir Alan Duncan's new role as a Foreign Office minister was attacked by Labour MP Louise Ellman at a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday.

Mrs Ellman said Sir Alan had, in October 2014, referred to the United States being