To Mike Freer (Conservative):
Given your Euro-sceptic stance, how will you ensure Britain maintains good relations with her European counterparts whilst affiliating with, in some cases, extremist anti-European parties in the EU Parliament?
The question starts from a false premise. The Conservative Party withdrew from the EPP, as that grouping supported a federal state of Europe. Our partners support the European ideal of partners working together to improve our economies and co-operating on common issues.
The far right British National Party has appointed its first ever Jewish parliamentary candidate.
But Patricia Feldman Richardson, leader of the four strong BNP group on Epping Forest Council, insists that the party is neither antisemitic nor racist. She describes the mainstream Jewish community's hostility towards it as "blinkered" and accuses it of "demonising" BNP policies.
Her campaign has been largely aimed against what her party claims is the growing number of Muslims in the leafy Essex constituency of Epping Forest, including Loughton, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill.
A controversial Iraqi-British billionaire who funds one of the UK's most strongly anti-Zionist websites organised a banquet in honour of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, and a fundraiser for Susan Kramer, the party's candidate in the high-profile seat of Richmond Park.
Nadhmi Auchi, 73, was convicted of fraud in the giant French Elf-Aquitaine oil company trial in 2003 and given a suspended sentence, although he is seeking to appeal the verdict.
The Liberal Democrats have insisted that the party remains a "friend" of Israel, despite uproar at comments made by its shadow deputy leader of the Lords, Lord Wallace, to the Board of Deputies on Sunday.
A number of deputies walked out of the meeting in Sheffield after Lord Wallace's criticism of Israel and defence of Baroness Tonge's "overemotional" support of the Palestinians.
Gordon Brown has accused the Conservatives of compromising British values and British influence by allying with “marginalised” figures in Europe accused of holding extremist antisemitic and homophobic views.
In a fiercely worded attack in an interview with the JC, the Prime Minister said the Opposition leader had abandoned the mainstream grouping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in order to appease a section of “fanatical” Eurosceptic backbenchers.
El Al, Easyjet and British Airways have all resumed flights to Israel today after the disruption to air traffic meant many Israelis missed Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations.
Of the two El Al flights due to leave Heathrow today, one will carry passengers originally booked on the flight and one has been cancelled. Two additional flights have been arranged for today departing from Luton.
Both the Easyjet flights to Tel Aviv from London Luton will run as normal but all online boarding has been cancelled and all passengers must now check in at the airport.
Lord Wallace, the Liberal Democrats’ deputy leader in the Lords, has defended Baroness Tonge’s “over-emotional approach” to Palestinian rights in a wide-ranging address to the Board of Deputies on Sunday.
He explained that she has not been expelled from the party because “we do sadly find the current Likud Party very intolerant of all criticism”.
His remarks prompted a number of Deputies to walk out in protest.