UK government

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.

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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.

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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.

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Lord Mitchell attacks ‘hypocrisy’ of anti-Israel campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2014

Jewish peers have highlighted what they said was the hypocrisy of singling out Israel for blame in the ongoing troubles of the Middle East.

They voiced concerns over the focus on Israel’s actions in Gaza despite the growth of Islamic State, the continuing civil war in Syria, and Russian belligerence in Eastern Europe.

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An illiterate way to grab votes

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 23, 2014

When I read the text of the "Palestine" resolution passed by the House of Commons on October 13, my initial reaction was to laugh out loud.

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MP attacks supporters as 'virtually invisible'

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A fundamental revolution in pro-Israel campaigning is required following the parliamentary vote to recognise Palestine as an independent state.

That is the view of Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who challenged the Jewish community to take a radical look at how it co-ordinates support for Israel.

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A bad defeat but that's not the whole story

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2014

A senior Israeli diplomat told me, in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary vote on Palestine, that Israel supporters should not be too disheartened by the events of the past year.

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Tactical blunders

October 23, 2014

Tory MP Robert Halfon’s damning verdict on pro-Israel organisations has to be heeded.

As he says, they are “outclassed and outgunned by an Olympic mile” and stuck in a 1970s time warp.

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MPs' Palestine vote shows Israel has 'lost UK public'

By Marcus Dysch and Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2014

The vote by MPs to recognise a Palestinian state is a sign that public opinion is turning against Israel, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould told the JC: “Israel lost support after this summer’s conflict in Gaza, and after the series of announcements on settlements.

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Parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2014

Parliament has voted to recognise the state of Palestine following a symbolic and unprecedented debate in the House of Commons.

A motion calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state was passed by 274 votes to 12 after MPs spent five hours debating the issue.

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