UK government

‘Anti-Israel’ MP gets top job on all-party Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013

An MP with a history of supporting anti-Israel campaigns has defended his appointment as a senior official of a new parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues.

Labour’s Gateshead MP Ian Mearns was selected as the vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews at its launch earlier this month.


MPs' anger in benefit dispute

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 17, 2013

An MP has described as farcical the situation facing Jewish job seekers who have been denied benefits for saying they will not work on Shabbat.


Drives to boost honours for ethnic community

By Rosa Doherty, October 11, 2013

The government is calling for more members of ethnic communities — including Jews — to be nominated for national honours.

The Cabinet Office, which oversees the process, has organised a drive to boost the numbers of CBEs, MBEs and knighthoods going to members of minority groups.


All-Party group starts with 20 members

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2013

A group to promote Jewish issues in Parliament put behind it the arguments over its birth and launched in the House of Commons this week.

Hendon Conservative MP Matthew Offord, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, declared that there had been a “very good response” at its inaugural meeting on Wednesday.


Alistair Burt exits Foreign Office

By Charlotte Oliver, October 7, 2013

Alistair Burt has confirmed he is leaving his position as Foreign Office minister in today’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Burt posted on Twitter: “Standing down today. The last three and a half years have been a pleasure working on an extraordinary portfolio with talented people. Thank you all!”


British minister condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2013

The murder of two Israeli soldiers over the weekend has been condemned by Britain's Middle East minister.

Alistair Burt said the deaths of Gavriel Kobi and Tomer Chazan were "tragic".

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Hebron on Sunday.

His death came after Tomer Chazan, also 20, was lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian and killed on Friday night.


UK prepares for military action in Syria

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Britain is moving closer to a military intervention in Syria, with warplanes arriving in Cyprus.

Fighter jets and transporters have flown in to Britain’s Akrotiri airbase, located around 100 miles off the Syrian coast, after a chemical assault killed hundreds in eastern Damascus last Wednesday.


UK condemns new Israeli settlements

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned Israel's announcement of more than 1,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Plans were announced on Wednesday to construct hundreds of homes for Israeli settlers in 11 areas, including Shilo, Almog and Alon Shevut.


Hague: I’ll boost Israel-UK trade

July 25, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was “committed to driving down barriers to trade” at a UK-Israel tech collaboration event this week.

The event, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, orchestrated by the UK Israel Tech Hub and the British Embassy in Israel, was attended by a select group of business figures.


‘Battling granny’ who saw off Griffin turns sights on fat cats

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Grilling the fat cats from multinationals such as Google and Amazon holds little fear for Margaret Hodge. After all, she was the Labour MP who faced down the challenge of British National Party leader Nick Griffin at the last election, inflicting a crushing defeat that sent the BNP into a possibly terminal decline.