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Police to investigate Manchester student protest

May 13, 2010

Fallout has continued this week from the violence which surrounded a visit to Manchester University by Israel's deputy ambassador.

Manchester's top police officer spoke out to condemn last month's attack on Talya Lador-Fresher. Jewish communal organisations have also requested a meeting with university representatives to formulate a plan for avoiding future disturbances.

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The gambler, the rabbi and the £140k row

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

A 22-year-old professional gambler and former JFS pupil has asked a judge to dismiss a £140,000 payment demand from a rabbi who lost the sum in a betting deal that they had made.

The High Court heard last week that in 2008, Andrew Feldman, of Bushey, made a deal with Rabbi Simon Nissim, to place a spread betting deal for him.

The two met at Jewish education group, Aish, in Hendon, where Rabbi Nissim was an educator.

Mr Feldman had allegedly lost £700,000 on online poker, and Rabbi Nissim offered to help him by placing new bets using his own spread betting account.

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Analysis: Even the Tories do not deserve Tonge and friends

By Nick Cohen, May 13, 2010

Britain lacks a true liberal party, a movement of the radical centre which is committed unequivocally to the values of the Enlightenment. Instead, it has the Liberal Democrats, whose history all but orders it to stand firm against the forces of irrational hatred which are sweeping the world, but which ducks its moral obligations.

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Analysis: I went for UKIP because I can't forgive Germany

By Julie Burchill, May 13, 2010

I won't beat around the bush here - finding myself repelled by the three legit parties and of course the BNP, I voted for UKIP because I STILL haven't forgiven the Germans for what they did to your lot. Bear a grudge, moi? Live in the past? Non! I just know what I want.

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Analysis: Gove is a rock to which British Jewry can cling

By Daniel Finkelstein, May 13, 2010

In 1852, the Duke of Wellington gave Lord Derby's first government its nickname. The by then very deaf Duke had the names of the new cabinet read out to him at his club and bellowed "Who? Who?" as he was told of each member.

Thus was born the "Who? Who?" administration. David Cameron and Nick Clegg have just formed the "What? What?" administration.

In the space of a few days, the whole of British politics has been transformed and observers have been struggling to understand what it means. Nick Clegg and Iain Duncan Smith in the same Cabinet. What? What?

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Analysis: Relief for Jerusalem at appointment of Hague

By Tim Marshall, May 13, 2010

The challenge for Prime Minister Cameron is to grip one issue immediately and quickly master the detail on another.

From the first hours in office he needed information on Afghanistan, Pakistan and global terrorism. At any given moment news could come of an imminent operation which needs his approval.

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Andrew Feldman is Conservatives' secret weapon

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

A key player in David Cameron's rise to power is his Oxford University contemporary, now co-chairman of the Conservative Party, Andrew Feldman.

He helped to run the campaign that propelled Mr Cameron to the Tory leadership four and half years ago, rejuvenating a party demoralised after three electoral defeats at the hands of Tony Blair.

First deputy treasurer, then chief executive since 2008, the 44-year-old businessman is, according to one party insider, "smart", "loyal to his friends" and "wedded to Dave".

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Analysis: This was a victory for all those who elect hope over hatred

By Martin Bright, May 13, 2010

Labour, Liberal Democrat or Tory, Jewish or non-Jewish: a string of results from last week's election should be wholeheartedly welcomed by people who care about British democracy.

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Glenda Jackson's thriller win in Hampstead

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

Glenda Jackson, who sensationally won the new Hampstead and Kilburn seat by just 42 votes, has defended her victory after opponents criticised her campaign.

The Oscar-winning actress, who held the former Hampstead and Highgate seat, received 17,332 votes, narrowly beating Tory candidate Chris Philp.

The new constituency takes in Hampstead, South Hampstead and Brondesbury Park synagogues.

Ms Jackson, 74, had been criticised by both Mr Philp and Lib Dem candidate Ed Fordham, who said that her presence during the campaign was not widespread enough.

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Dismore 'traumatised' by losing Hendon

May 13, 2010

Former Hendon MP Andrew Dismore has rejected claims that an initiative by a Muslim organisation which campaigns against candidates who back Israel cost him his seat.

Mr Dismore, who had held the constituency for Labour since 1997, was defeated by Conservative candidate Matthew Offord by just 106 votes, the second narrowest margin in England.

On its website, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) claimed it had "defeated the top ranking Zionist MP Dismore!".

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