UK government

Palestinian statehood debated in the House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on Palestinian statehood has taken place in the House of Lords.

Peers discussed the same point that MPs voted on last October – whether the British government should recognise Palestine alongside Israel ahead of a peace agreement in the region.

The session was led by former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel. He said Israel should negotiate with Hamas.


Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies aged 75

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died after a long battle with cancer, his family have said.

The 75-year-old was once one of five Jewish cabinet members in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

He died at his home in London on Wednesday night.


Daniel Taub honours righteous gentiles at Foreign Office ceremony

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The Foreign Office has hosted a special event with the Israeli embassy ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, in which three righteous gentiles were honoured.

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood, who led the ceremony, also told more than 100 guests that Holocaust education was more vital now than ever.


Theresa May and Eric Pickles: We stand together with UK Jews against extremism

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2015

Theresa May and Eric Pickles have said they stand together with the Jewish community against extremism, while hailing the impact of Jews on Britain.


I’ve received five death threats, says Jewish MP

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

An MP has received multiple death threats in the last year, leading him to check his family’s cars for booby traps and close his drop-in surgery.

Lee Scott, the Conservative representative for Ilford North, said in parliament he’d had five threats made to his life, including a caller who told him he should be “stoned to death”.


MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.


MPs on alert over Palestine debate

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Supporters of Israel have been asked to defend the state during the latest parliamentary session on Palestinian issues.

Backbenchers will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on Palestinian human rights on Monday.


Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone takes Home Office job

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone has replaced Norman Baker as crime prevention minister in the Home Office.

The Jewish MP has been moved from her role in the Department for International Development following Mr Baker’s resignation on Monday.

He quit after claiming a series of clashes with Home Secretary Theresa May over drugs policies.


Parliament debates kosher and halal slaughtering methods

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

More animals slaughtered for food in Britain should undergo stunning before they are killed, an MP investigating kosher and halal practices has urged.

Neil Parish said the government must continue its research into shechita and other religious meat production procedures during a debate in Parliament.


Peer who created the Barnett public spending formula dies

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2014

Lord Barnett, the Jewish peer who gave his name to a famous public spending formula, has died aged 91.

He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the Wilson and Callaghan Labour governments of the 1970s.

During that time he oversaw the creation of what became known as the Barnett Formula, the mechanism used to split public funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.