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Tillman calls for delay to VAT rise

By Robyn Rosen, December 22, 2010

Harold Tillman, the chairman of the British Fashion Council, has urged the Government to delay VAT rises.

Mr Tillman, a member of St John’s Wood Synagogue, is calling for January’s planned VAT rise to 20 per cent to be postponed for 30 days to help consumers who have been prevented from shopping because of this month’s snow.

Mr Tillman, who owns clothing brands Jaeger and Aquascutum and was appointed a CBE for his services to fashion earlier this year, told Sky News: “I think that would allow people that were going to shop, that want to shop, to do so in January.

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On this day: Eden condemns Nazi exterminations of Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, December 17, 2010

Embroiled in a war with the Axis powers since September 1939, in 1942 Britain’s Foreign Secretary made a statement in Parliament condemning "Hitler's oft repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people in Europe".

For Anglo-Jewry it was a welcome statement at a time when reports of the extent of the Nazi genocide were beginning to emerge in the British media. Six months earlier in June 1942 the Daily Telegraph had written of the murder of 700,000 Polish Jews through methods including gas chambers.

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Foreign Office says no to MIA report

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2010

The British government is refusing to release documents which could shed light on the fate of three Israeli soldiers missing since 1982 because it says sensitive information could harm diplomatic relations with Syria.

On June 11 1982, three Israeli soldiers went missing after a battle with Syrian and Palestinian forces near the Lebanese village of Sultan Yaqub in the last moments of the Lebanon war. Zachary Baumel, Yehuda Katz and Zvi Feldman, all in their 20s at the time, are still officially MIA - missing in action.

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Chancellor George Osborne at Norwood event

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010
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Following the tuition fees vote George Osborne addresses guests at a Norwood panel event.

The evening raised £26,000 for the charity.

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Conservative cabinet aide Lee Scott pledges to abstain in tuition fees vote

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2010

Jewish MP Lee Scott has joined the list of possible government rebels in tomorrows vote on plans to raise university fees.

The Conservative MP for Ilford North has said he will abstain at the vote, despite being a senior cabinet aide in the coalition government.

In an email to the JC, he said: "I am not voting for a fees increase.”

He added: “I am working on proposals to help students and will have further details in the new year.”

Before the general election Mr Scott was one of four incumbent Conservatives to sign a pledge to block higher fees.

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MPs secure parliamentary debate on antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

MPs will have the chance to quiz ministers on the coalition government’s policies to tackle antisemitism next January, thanks to the efforts of two backbench MPs from opposing parties.

The debate, to take place in parliament on January 20, is the first one focused on antisemitism to be set up by backbench MPs.

John Mann and Mike Freer, respectively the chair and vice-president of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Against Antisemitism, instigated the debate to give MPs the opportunity to discuss ways to tackle antisemitism.

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Government announce universal jurisdiction law change

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

The government has at long last announced a change to Britain’s universal jurisdiction legislation.

A year after Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelled a London speech for fear of arrest the Home Office published details of alterations to the law on magistrates issuing arrest warrants for foreign politicians.

The new Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill includes “a requirement for the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions to be given before an arrest warrant can be issued in a private prosecution for offences of universal jurisdiction.”

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Hague: Our Israel policy will not change

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2010

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has denied claims that British foreign policy will change to reflect Arab concerns over the Middle East.

The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that Whitehall officials had said that Mr Hague decided to “take on board” Arab foreign policy goals in an effort to secure better diplomatic and trade ties.

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George Osborne: Board of Deputies speech in full

November 24, 2010

Chief Rabbi, Ambassador, ladies and gentlemen – good evening.

And thank you Lawrence for the very kind introduction.

Let me start by saying that it is a huge pleasure to be here tonight to address such a distinguished audience on such a special occasion.

In every walk of life and across every aspect of our civil society, from business to charity, from the arts to the sciences, I can see many people here who have made a massive contribution to British life.

I am delighted to be your guest.

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Lord Young tells David Cameron 'I quit' after recession gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The Conservative peer Lord Young of Graffham has resigned as an economics adviser to David Cameron after commenting that people hit by the recession “have never had it so good”.

The Prime Minister has accepted Lord Young’s resignation from the unpaid role, just hours after he said the Jewish peer would be “doing a bit less speaking in future".

Labour politicians criticised him for displaying "complete indifference” after the peer told the Daily Telegraph that “this so-called recession” had actually had a positive impact on some people.

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