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Government backs clocks change proposal

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The British government is considering moving the country to European time zones, which would mean Shabbat would end after midnight during the summer in Scotland.

The move would mean that the UK's clocks move forward by an hour for a three-year trial period - and so make dawn and dusk an hour later.

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George Osborne arrives in 'amazing' Israel for high-tech launch

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The Chancellor has called for an increase to the "export of expertise and capital" from Israel into Britain.

George Osborne, speaking before he boarded a flight to Israel, made the comments to mark the launch of the British Embassy's newly-established UK-Israel High-Tech Hub.

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Theresa May blocks Islam group jobs event

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

A Civil Service recruitment event was cancelled after Home Secretary Theresa May discovered it had been planned jointly with a student organisation she previously described as "complacent" in tackling extremism.

The Civil Service Fast Stream careers and skills session was due to take place on Tuesday organised with the Federation of Student Islamic Societies' (Fosis) careers section.

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Fox donor alarm at Werritty cash trail

By Martin Bright, October 27, 2011

At least one of the three Jewish donors to the friend of former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Adam Werritty, is understood to have voiced serious concerns about where his money went.

The JC has learned that the donor would be prepared to hand over details of any transactions to fraud investigators at City of London Police.

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David Willetts leads Britain-Israel digital collaboration

By Jenni Frazer, October 27, 2011

Britain's Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, lands in Israel this weekend leading a high-level delegation of more than a dozen business leaders from the UK's digital sector.

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Israel's champion, but poor friend

By Martin Bright, October 19, 2011

With the resignation of Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Israel has lost its most powerful champion in government. Michael Gove may be the most vocal and eloquent Zionist in the Cabinet, but as Education Secretary he has no diplomatic or strategic role.

Dr Fox has been personally humiliated by the Adam Werritty affair.

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Tories solicited cash for Werritty

By Martin Bright, October 18, 2011

Senior Conservatives actively sought donations from wealthy Jewish businessmen to fund organisations run by Liam Fox’s friend Adam Werritty, the JC can reveal.

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Fox friend fixed key meetings in Israel

October 11, 2011

A meeting last year at the Ministry of Defence between Defence Secretary Liam Fox and the incoming UK ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, will form a key part of the inquiry into the relationship between Dr Fox and his best man, Adam Werritty.

Questions will also be raised about a dinner Mr Werritty helped arrange at the Herzliya Conference in February this year.

The JC can reveal that Mr W

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Taub's masterclass in speechmaking

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

I went to the Labour Friends of Israel fringe in Liverpool last week to hear what Ed Miliband had to say about his decision to back the Palestinian bid for observer status at the UN. As a result, I heard one of the funniest, most moving and eloquent speeches of the conference season. Unfortunately, it was not made by the Labour leader, but by the new Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub.

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Ambassador Taub makes new friends

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

Daniel Taub, the new Israeli ambassador to the UK, used events organised by Conservative Friends of Israel at the Conservative Party conference to thank the coalition government for "coming through" on amending the legislation on universal jurisdiction.

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