UK news

Amy Winehouse posthumous album on the way

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

Unreleased songs by Amy Winehouse will form part of a memorial album to be released this winter.

Island Records said the posthumous collection would feature 12 tracks, including Body & Soul, the song she recorded with Tony Bennett just weeks before she died last summer.

More..

Government backs clocks change proposal

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The British government is considering moving the country to European time zones, which would mean Shabbat would end after midnight during the summer in Scotland.

The move would mean that the UK's clocks move forward by an hour for a three-year trial period - and so make dawn and dusk an hour later.

More..

George Osborne arrives in 'amazing' Israel for high-tech launch

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The Chancellor has called for an increase to the "export of expertise and capital" from Israel into Britain.

George Osborne, speaking before he boarded a flight to Israel, made the comments to mark the launch of the British Embassy's newly-established UK-Israel High-Tech Hub.

More..

Julie Burchill leaves Independent to write memoir

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

Journalist Julie Burchill has left the Independent newspaper in order to write a memoir of her "philosemitism".

In her final column for the paper she said she was leaving with a light heart but that it was time for her to "move over".

"I will now concentrate mainly on learning Hebrew and writing my memoir of philosemitism, Unchosen."

More..

Stacey Solomon: I'm pregnant

By Jessica Elgot, October 28, 2011

X Factor finalist and I'm a Celebrity winner Stacey Solomon is expecting her second child.

The former King Solomon pupil, 22, announced she is three months pregnant with boyfriend of three years Aaron Barnham, 24.

The singer and TV presenter already has a three-year-old son Zac.

Ms Solomon had her first son aged just 19 and split with boyfriend Dean Cox.

More..

Halloween play cancelled - Nazi references 'inappropriate'

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A playwright has cancelled his Halloween ghost tours performances, which have parts set during the Second World War, because the body that commissioned the work, English Heritage, did not want him to focus on the Nazis or Jews.

More..

Neo-Nazis still pose real threat

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A far-right extremism expert has warned that the real threat of neo-Nazi terrorism is being ignored because of the focus on Islamist violence.

During a debate on the British far right at the Jewish Museum last week, author Nick Ryan warned that antisemitism was still "the glue" which united many extreme far-right groups in Europe and the US.

More..

Ex Leeds United director jailed

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Property millionaire Simon Morris has been jailed for 18 months for threatening his former business partner by sending his 21-stone bodyguard into the former partner's home.

Former Leeds United FC director Morris sent his bodyguard Jonathan Ashworth to threaten Hedley Manton over a disputed £100,000 loan. Both parties are members of the Leeds Jewish community.

More..

Anti-JNF move fails

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2011

Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party has refused to back an anti-JNF campaign, endorsed earlier in the year by local MP Frank Dobson.

He is one of 48 signatories to an early day parliamentary motion in support of the Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign, which accuses the JNF of "illegal expropriation" of Palestinian land and calls for a review of its charitable status.

More..

From jail to succah

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

An Orthodox prisoner has been released early because he faced extending his sentence by three days unless he broke halachah. The case comes as new guidelines on the needs of Jewish prisoners are taking effect for the first time.

More..