UK news

Top vet denounces shechitah

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

The former president of the British Veterinary Association has criticised kosher slaughter for causing "unacceptable suffering to animals" and called for the practice to be curbed.

Shechita UK said it was preparing a response to the claims by Professor Bill Reilly in the Veterinary Record.

Prof Reilly said he had visited a kosher slaughterhouse in the 1970s, and was appalled at how "the dist


Call to boycott the boycotters

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

Supporters of Israel are being encouraged to boycott Co-operative supermarkets in response to the collective's refusal to stock produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Co-op is the fifth biggest food retailer in the country. It extended its policy to bar engagement with any Israeli suppliers known to work with the settlements last month.


A basic human right - but not for Habima, say Palestinians

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

Actors from the Palestinian Ashtar Theatre and their supporters have insisted that art is a basic human right - and then declared that all Israeli performers should be boycotted and stopped from performing at the Globe Theatre.


Gravedigger sacked after 'showing porn' in morgue

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

A gravedigger has been sacked after he is alleged to have shown pornographic material to a female undertaker while collecting a body for burial.

The Jewish man, who worked at the United Synagogue's Bushey Cemetery, is believed to have shown the porn to the woman at a mortuary in London.


The Germans who bugged for Britain

By Simon Rocker and Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

The story of the code-breakers at Bletchley Park who secretly intercepted German military communications during World War Two has been justly celebrated in recent years.

But later this year a TV company hopes to reveal details about another covert British intelligence operation which helped the war effort.


Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies at age 84

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

Hairdresser to the stars Vidal Sassoon has died at the age of 84.

One of the best known hairdressers of all time, Mr Sassoon was made a CBE in 2009 for his services to the industry.

The stylist, who died at home in Los Angeles, made his name with his signature “five points cut”, a look that came to define the 1960s.


Claire Lomas finishes marathon thanks to Israeli invention

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

A paralysed woman has crossed the finish line of the London marathon after walking for 16 days with the help of an Israeli invention.

Claire Lomas, a former semi-professional British horse-rider, was told she would never walk again after an accident in May 2007.

But five years on she has proved her doubters wrong and raised more than £83,000 for spinal research.


Dustin Hoffman saves runner after Muamba-like collapse

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2012

Hollywood icon Dustin Hoffman has reportedly saved a young man who was having a heart attack while jogging in Hyde Park.

The quick thinking actor dialled 999 after he saw Sam Dempster begin to stagger, foam at the mouth and eventually collapse on to the ground last week.

Paramedics spent 15 minutes resuscitating the young lawyer, 27.


Boris Johnson promises 'good deal for London' after defeating Ken Livingstone

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2012

A bitterly fought election campaign ended on Friday evening with Boris Johnson named the next mayor of London.

The Conservative incumbent defeated Ken Livingstone by a narrow margin of 51.5 per cent to 48.5 per cent.

He pledged to fight for a “good deal for Londoners,” and thanked voters for giving him “a new chance and a new mandate to take us forward”.


British Council: no support for boycott aims of Palestinian festival

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

The British Council has distanced itself from the pro-boycott aims of a Palestinian literature festival due to take place in Gaza from this Saturday.