UK news

The Jew who could be Prince William

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

A student from Stanmore could be flying to Tel Aviv for free if he triumphs in a contest to find a lookalike for Prince William ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Daniel Tannenbaum, 21, is currently at number five in the ranking for EasyJet's international lookalikes competition. The top ten hopefuls will be given free flights over the weekend of the wedding at the end of April.


Claudia Winkleman to present Channel 4 show

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Claudia Winkleman is to present a new showbiz interview programme on Channel 4.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter, who succeeded Jonathan Ross as host of the BBC's flagship film programme last year, will be joined by celebrity guests in six episodes this summer.


Boris Johnson aide Sir Simon Milton mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The Jewish chief of staff to London mayor Boris Johnson has died at the age of 49.

Sir Simon Milton, who spent eight years as the leader of Westminster City Council, died yesterday in hospital after a short illness.

Sir Simon, who was knighted for services to local government in 2006, also served as chairman of the Local Government Organisation.


Police looking for Mud Club founder abusers

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2011

Socialite Philip Sallon is recovering after he suffered a fractured skull in an assault.

Mr Sallon was punched, kicked and stamped on after being approached by two men in Piccadilly Circus in the early hours of April 2.

A fixture on the London club scene, Mr Sallon is renowned for his flamboyant dress sense.


Arts fellowship for historian Geoffrey Alderman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts

The academic and writer Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Professor Alderman, who lectures on history and politics at the University of Buckingham, first became an RSA fellow in 1991, when he joined the ranks of people ranging from Karl Marx to Nelson Mandela.


Disgruntled Tories defecting to UKIP

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

Three Jewish candidates are leading a challenge to Conservative rule in Bury in May's local elections after defecting to the UK Independence Party, claiming Tory intransigence on Jewish issues.


BNP exodus boosting English Democrats

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

A string of defecting British National Party members now standing for the National Front and the English Democrats Party in May's local elections has sparked fears that the extreme right could gain political power through the back door.


Let's be twins, Irish council asks Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2011

Northern Ireland's smallest district council has agreed to explore the possibility of twinning with Gaza, sparking a war of words among local politicians and residents.

Moyle, in County Antrim, is home to just 17,000 people. Councillors voted last week in favour of a twinning project with Gaza City, and will now investigate possible link-ups.


Swastika thong: yours to buy online

By Robyn Rosen, April 8, 2011

An online retailer has removed a range of products, including underwear and baby clothes emblazoned with an image of a swastika superimposed on a star of David, after a complaint from the JC.

CafePress, has removed the products, which had been sold since 2009 as part of the True Nazis range and carry the slogan, 'What Is The Different?' (sic).


Countdown to Bicom advocacy conference

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Organisers of Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference have announced details of sessions and speakers who will appear at the event.

Delegates will hear from diplomats, politicians and media commentators.

The panel for a debate about the accountability of the IDF and international law will include Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan.