UK government

Chaos over UK's funding for PA

By Daniel Sugarman, October 13, 2016

The government's aid policy to the Palestinian Authority is in "utter confusion" after a report that all such funding should be suspended was contradicted days later - and then apparently reversed again.


UK freezes aid to PA over terror funding

By Daniel Sugarman, October 7, 2016

The British government has reportedly suspended aid payments to the Palestinian Authority worth up to £25 million over concerns that taxpayer money was being funnelled to convicted terrorists.


MP Crispin Blunt shares platform with blood libel cleric's supporter

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2016

Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, has appeared alongside a campaigner who supported the blood libel cleric Raed Salah.

A fringe session at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday featured Mr Blunt speaking on a panel with Ismail Patel, chairman of the Leicester-based Friends of Al-Aqsa group.


Party leaders send their new year greetings

By Marcus Dysch, September 29, 2016

Britain's political leaders have issued goodwill messages to the Jewish community for the new year.

Theresa May, marking her first Rosh Hashanah as Prime Minister, wished the community and Jews around the world "a very happy and peaceful new year".


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.