UK news

John McDonnell pulls out of Jewish Labour rally as organisers arrange private meeting

By Simon Caldwell, September 26, 2016

John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, withdrew from a meeting with Jewish Labour supporters last night after complaints from moderates.

Mr McDonnell was scheduled to be the key speaker at the Rally Against Anti-Semitism and Racism held in Liverpool city centre last night by the Jewish Labour Movement.


Lib Dems suspend former Tory MP over antisemitic rant

By JC Reporter, September 25, 2016

The Liberal Democrat party has suspended a former MP who posted a series of antisemitic tweets.

Matthew Gordon Banks, who served as a Conservative MP for Southport before joining the Lib Dems after he lost his seat, wrote on Twitter: “What fascinates me is that Farron's leadership campaign was organised and funded by London Jews.”


Jewish peer resigns as Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected Labour leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected as leader of the Labour Party after defeating challenger Owen Smith.

Mr Corbyn won with 313,209 votes to Mr Smith's 193,229.

The result was announced at lunchtime on Saturday at a special session in Liverpool ahead of Labour’s annual conference which opens in the city tomorrow.


'The community has made me feel at home'

By Rosa Doherty, September 24, 2016

"From the outside looking in, I think people see a younger black guy who is quite trendy, and an older white lady who does news, and they don't get it," says Ben Ofoedu, the pop star partner of television and radio personality Vanessa Feltz.


Methodist church removes anti-Israel message from exhibition visitors' book

By JC Reporter, September 23, 2016

A message calling for Israeli soldiers to be “burned alive” has been removed from a church’s visitors’ book after a complaint from the Board of Deputies.

The message was left at Hinde Street Methodist Church, where an exhibition on Israeli treatment of Palestinians has been held this week.


Investigation launched after 'unacceptable' Holocaust t-shirt seen at university event

By Josh Jackman, September 23, 2016

University students wearing t-shirts with racist phrases including “The Holocaust was a good time” at an official freshers’ event have prompted an investigation.

The t-shirt was worn during Exeter University Snowsports Club’s white t-shirt event on Tuesday. Another student was emblazoned with the words: “Don’t speak to me if you’re not white”.


No disciplinary action for Labour councillor who shared antisemitic video

By Rosa Doherty, September 22, 2016

The Labour Party will not discipline a Birmingham councillor who shared an antisemitic video on his Facebook page.

A spokesman said Labour had accepted Zafar Iqbal’s explanation that he had “no idea” how the clip had appeared on his social media.


Wearing eye-catching clothing is as bad as eating non-kosher food, Charedi rabbi tells women

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

A strictly Orthodox rabbi has defended an official letter telling women not to wear clothes which are red, bright yellow or fluorescent because “hot colours solicit attention”.

The message, written by Rabbi Eliyahu Falk and approved by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, was sent to 5,000 homes in the Stamford Hill area of London with the local Heimishe Newsheet.


£200k raised to bring 100 child refugees to UK

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

Jewish donors have raised almost £200,000 in the past four weeks to bring 100 refugee children to Britain.

Nic Schlagman, a trustee for Masorti Judaism and the Noam youth group, launched the campaign after coming up with the idea during a Shabbat dinner with his family.


School bid wins Chief's backing

September 22, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is backing the Kavanah College bid for a new Jewish secondary free school.

A spokesman said Rabbi Mirvis was supporting the Kavanah proposal - which resulted from the Kedem High and Hertfordshire Jewish Free School (HJFS) bidders joining forces.