UK news

MP's daughter to have Jewish wedding in Westminster

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2012

Conservative MP Lee Scott is preparing to make a speech in parliament next year – but he will be doing so in his capacity as father of the bride.

Mr Scott, who has represented Ilford North since 2005, has been granted permission by Speaker John Bercow to host his daughter's wedding at Westminster in summer 2013.


Interview: Mick Davis

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

While Mick Davis has been trying to tie up a merger between his own company, mining giant Xstrata, and commodities conglomerate Glencore, he has had to face the latest volley of criticism directed at one of the charities he heads, the Jewish Leadership Council.

Probably no communal organisation has triggered so much contention as the JLC, which he joined as UJIA chairman just over six years ago


English Heritage turns down plaque honouring 19th century Jewish woman editor

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2012

English Heritage has rejected a request to put up a blue plaque outside the Mayfair address of a Jewish woman who edited two major British newspapers in the 1890s.

Rachel Beer's contribution to British journalism as editor of both the Observer and the Sunday Times was largely overlooked, until last year when Israeli writers Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev published a book telling the story of The


Israeli 'impotence cure' now used in Scotland

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2012

A revolutionary electric shock treatment developed by Israeli scientists to cure impotent men is available for the first time in the UK.

Edinburgh's private Spire Murrayfield Hospital is taking the medical breakthrough very seriously. It is the first UK hospital to offer the experimental treatment, which uses 300 low-intensity shockwaves to stimulate penile blood flow.


Journalists 'linked with IDF'

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

Claims by Libyan militia linking two captive British journalists to the Israeli Defence Forces is "media manipulation", say human rights experts.

Faraj Swehli, commander of the Libyan militia, said the two Press TV journalists detained in Misrata were being held for "possible espionage" after IDF equipment was apparently found in the men's belonging.


Baroness Deech warns of campus racism

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Universities must not be complacent in tackling campus antisemitism, a government minister has warned.

Baroness Verma, the Business, Innovation and Skills spokeswoman in the House of Lords, said laws on the issue were clear and reinforced: "There is absolutely no place in our universities for racism, including antisemitism."

She was responding to Baroness Deech, who asked the government to c


Son of non-Jewish Haganah volunteer seeks answers

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

A son is trying to track down the final clues as to what led his non-Jewish father to volunteer and fight in the Haganah - and what he did during his service.

John Winton, a former police officer, said he was hoping to piece together his father Peter Samuel Winton's time in 1948 with the Haganah, which became the Israel Defence Force after the creation of the state of Israel.

Mr Winton, who


Five Jewish women on prestigious book prize longlist

By Gerald Jacobs, March 8, 2012

Octogenarian author Cynthia Ozick is one of five American Jewish writers on this year's Orange Prize longlist, announced this week.


Jewish educator wins award

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

The educator who first instigated the creation of JCoSS is the first British woman to win a prestigious prize, honouring Jewish education in the diaspora.

The Director of Research, Evaluation and Living Bridge programmes at UJIA Dr Helena Miller will received the Max Fisher Prize from the LA Pincus Fund, at a ceremony in Jerusalem in May, the third British educator to win the award.

A former


Hague rebuts 'Arabist' accusation

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has reacted with fury to the suggestion that he has been taken hostage by Arabist Foreign Office mandarins.

Mr Hague turned on backbencher Douglas Carswell at a private meeting of more than 30 pro-Israel Conservative MPs last week, describing his concerns about the Foreign Office as "claptrap".