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War veterans kept silent for 30 years over code-breaking role

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

It took Sidney Goldberg more than 30 years to tell his wife, family and friends what he did during the war.

It was only in 1974, when Frederick Winterbotham wrote The Ultra Secret, the first account of decryption operations during the war, that Mr Goldberg and the other 25,000 code-breakers began to reveal their experiences.

Mr Goldberg, now 86 and living in Kenton, north London, is one of 35 veterans to attend a special ceremony at Bletchley Park today to receive a new award for services to the Government Codes and Cipher School (GC&CS).

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Revealed: MI5's Jewish terrorism fear

By Simon Rocker, October 8, 2009

MI5 for many years avoided recruiting Jews as spies out of concern about their potential loyalty to Israel, according to a new book published this week.

Its policy stemmed from the years of Israel’s struggle for independence when the security services feared terrorist attacks on Britain by militant Zionist groups.

The revelation comes in The Defence of the Realm, an authorised history of M15 based on its archives, by Chistopher Andrew.

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Michal Kaminski: the debate rages

October 8, 2009

The controversy surrounding the Conservative Party's European pact with the rightwing Polish party of Michal Kaminski has been the talk of the Conservative Party Conference this week.

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Ed Miliband's radio reunion with lost aunt

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

Ed Miliband, energy minister and brother of foreign secretary, David, was reunited with a long-lost relative during a live phone-in while appearing on a Russian radio station.

Mr Miliband appeared on the Ekho Moskvy programme on Monday to answer questions on climate negotiations and global warming, when an elderly woman phoned in.

Live on air, she said: “My name is Sophia Davidovna Miliband. I am the only remaining relative. I would like to tell him about all his relatives.”

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Anti-Israel protestor cleared of police attack

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2009

A founding member of an anti-Israel group has been cleared of attacking a policeman during a protest against Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Deborah Fink, of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG), was arrested in London in May while demonstrating as Mr Lieberman spoke at an event at the home of JNF chairman Samuel Hayek.

Ms Fink was in a group of around a dozen protestors who were asked to move by police.

When they refused they were moved by officers. She admitted putting up “strong physical resistance” before she was arrested.

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Board sent letter to Cameron over Kaminski

By Jessica Elgot, October 7, 2009

The Board of Deputies has sent a letter to Conservative leader David Cameron expressing concern over his party’s rightwing European alliances.

Vivian Wineman, president of the Board, wrote to Mr Cameron raising his concerns over the past political activities of Michal Kaminski and Roberts Zile, who made appearances at the Tory conference this week.

Mr Kaminski, who is Polish, is the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists bloc at the European Parliament, of which the Conservative Party is a member. Mr Zile is the leader of the Latvian Fatherland and Freedom party.

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Chelsea to ban antisemitic football chants

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2009

Chelsea FC have pledged to find and ban supporters filmed singing antisemitic songs about rivals Tottenham at a match last month.

Clips of fans chanting in a concourse at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium were posted on YouTube, leading Spurs to complain to the west London club.

They can be heard singing "Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz" while beer bottles are thrown around.

Chelsea, owned by Roman Abramovich, said they had passed the clips to police who are now investigating.

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Petition for UK to reject Goldstone report

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2009

A petition launched by a Board of Deputies member asks Gordon Brown publicly to reject the UN Goldstone Report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

Jonathan Hoffman, co-vice chairman of the Zionist Federation and a member of the Board of Deputies launched the petition “No To Goldstone” on the Number 10 website.

The petition has also been signed by Douglas Murray, the journalist and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.

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Winehouse to perform on Strictly Come Dancing

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2009

Amy Winehouse is set to perform live on Strictly Come Dancing, as a backing singer for her 13-year-old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.

The singer, 26, has signed Dionne up to her own record label, Lioness Records, and the BBC show will see her debut her new single Mama Said.

Winehouse said: “Dionne is so much better than I was at her age. I’m so proud. She’s my number one.”
Bromfield spoke of her excitement at singing with her godmother.

She said: "Amy and I both love Strictly Come Dancing.

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Matt Lucas quits West End after ex-partner's suicide

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2009

Little Britain’s Matt Lucas has left his role in Prick Up Your Ears until further notice after the suicide of his ex-partner Kevin McGee.

Mr McGee, 32, was found hanged at his Edinburgh flat and police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Mr Lucas had been playing a lead in Prick Up Your Ears, a play based on the life of writer Joe Orton, which opened on the weekend.

Producers have confirmed that understudy Michael Chadwick will take the role until further notice.

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