UK news

JFS ruling leaves schools in 'chaos'

By Simon Rocker, July 9, 2009

The Court of Appeal’s ruling that it is unlawful to admit children on the basis of a parent’s Jewish status “has thrown our admissions policy into chaos”, according to Jonathan Arkush, senior Vice-President of the Board of Deputies.

He told a meeting for Jewish schools on Wednesday night that there will be a “flood of admissions appeals”.

With the court order on how the judgment will apply not due out until today, schools have been left in the dark over when they will have to introduce new rules and how those places already allocated for this September will be affected.


Jewish MP claimed £13,000 for 'nanny'

By Jessica Elgot, July 9, 2009

The Shadow Solicitor General, MP Jonathan Djanogly has allegedly claimed more than £13,000 to pay a Polish au pair to look after his children.

Mr Djanogly, the Tory MP for Huntingdon, who is a member of New London Synagogue, claimed the £640 a month to pay the woman, identified only as Miss G, to clean his second home, but later admitted it had been her only source of income and that she did sometimes look after his children, the Daily Telegraph said today.


Soccer boss wins in ‘shyster’ libel

By James Brewster, July 9, 2009

Former Leeds UNITED FC director Mevyn Levi has been awarded £50,000 in libel damages against Ken Bates at London’s High Court. Mr Bates, who has been refused leave to appeal, was also ordered to pay the costs of the nine-day libel case, estimated to be just over £1 million.

Mr Levi, 65, sued Mr Bates, 77, over three articles written by the Leeds United chairman in the club’s match-day programme in 2006 and 2007, and a letter sent to fans in 2007.


Ecclestone cancels Germany trip

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2009

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has called off a visit to Germany this week, after a ‘conversation’ with event organisers, just weeks before the German Grand Prix.

Mr Ecclestone, 78, caused widespread outrage when he praised Hitler’s ability to “get things done” in a weekend interview with The Times, and was forced to apologise publicly.


Easyjet launches Tel Aviv flights

By Jan Shure, July 8, 2009

EasyJet, the budget airline, has announced plans to fly to Israel with six flights a week between Luton and Tel Aviv, launching on November 2.

The Luton-based airline is offering single fares from £71.98 and return fares from £102.98, including all taxes. It will also cost £8 each way to check in a bag. Flights will depart daily, except Friday and have now been launched on the firm's website, where hotels are also on offer from £80 per night.

Andy Harrison, easyJet’s chief executive, described the launch as “a major breakthrough”.


Men against boys as Vale romp home

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2009

London Maccabi Vale 2nd cruised to a 10-wicket victory as they demolished London Marshes Select at Chaseville CC.

After moving the stumps to and fro between two very unkempt wickets, the LMS captain decided on using the least dusty of the pitches. With LMV bowling first,it was obvious from the first ball that a) the wicket was poor and b) the opposition were even poorer.


Anger at Ecclestone's Mandelson link

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2009

F1 BOSS Bernie Ecclestone has faced a barrage of criticism over his comments in which he appeared to praise Hitler’s leadership.

And our revelation that he used former Labour spin doctor Peter Mandelson to help him with his ‘crisis management’ did not go down well with many in the community.


Barak in detailed talks with Americans in London

July 7, 2009

Israel discussed new measures on access and movement in the West Bank with the US administration this week.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak flew to London yesterday for talks with President Obama's special envoy for Middle East peace, George Mitchell. It was the second leg of detailed discussions which began in New York on June 30.

The talks covered all aspects of Middle East peace and security.


Ecclestone: I was an idiot over Hitler

By Simon Rocker, July 6, 2009

Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One motor racing, has apologised to the JC for remarks in which he was seen to praise Hitler’s leadership.

They came during an interview with the Times on Saturday in which he criticised MPS for their lack of leadership and referred to the Nazi leader’s ability to “get things done”.


Richard Desmond begins libel battle

By Jessica Elgot, July 6, 2009

Express Newspapers owner Richard Desmond has begun a seven-day libel battle against Conrad Black's biographer Tom Bower.

The case, heard in the High Court today, will centre on allegations in Bower's biography of former Daily Telegraph owner Black that the Telegraph and Express Newspapers had a shared printing agreement.

The court heard legal arguments today and it is likely the jury will begin to hear evidence tommorrow.

Black is currently serving a prison sentence in Florida for fraud.