Marcus Dysch

New ambassador will 'deepen' Israel ties

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Britain's next ambassador to Israel will be a senior civil servant who previously advised Tony Blair, the Foreign Office announced this week.

David Quarrey is currently director of the department's Near East and North Africa desk.

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Standing firm for the suburban minorities

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Few constituencies are as politically, culturally and religiously diverse as Harrow East.

Its suburbs of north-west London, including affluent Stanmore and grittier Kenton and Queensbury, have swung between Labour and the Conservatives in general elections over the past 70 years.

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Expecting to benefit from desire for change

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

Uma Kumaran, Labour's Harrow East candidate, has what many political analysts see as the x-factor for attracting voters - "real world" experience away from Westminster

Selected two years ago at the age of 26, she believes having worked and volunteered in the NHS has provided an understanding of the issues close to the heart of voters in the constituency.

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Government 'considering' shul security funding in response to JC campaign

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

The government is considering whether to set up a fund to cover the costs of synagogue security in response to the JC’s Secure our Shuls campaign.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said on Wednesday that ministers are looking into what more could be done to protect British Jews and Jewish institutions.

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Labour MP Michael McCann calls for total Hamas ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2015

Britain should push for Hamas’s political wing to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation alongside its military arm, a Labour MP has argued.

Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair Michael McCann made the suggestion while leading a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s contribution to preventing further conflict in Gaza on Wednesday.

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Foreign Office announces David Quarrey will be next ambassador to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2015

The Foreign Office has revealed that the next British ambassador to Israel will be David Quarrey.

Currently director of the department’s Near East and North Africa desk, he will replace Matthew Gould in July.

Mr Gould has been in Tel Aviv since 2010 and was the first British Jewish diplomat to be appointed to the role.

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Malcolm Rifkind charged Jewish charity £5,000 for one-hour speech

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2015

Sir Malcolm Rifkind charged a Jewish charity £5,000 for a one-hour speech.

The veteran Conservative MP, who has been implicated in a “cash-for-access” row, spoke at a UJIA business breakfast to mark Yom Ha’atzmaut in May last year.

The House of Commons’ register of members’ financial interests show that Sir Malcolm recorded the fee one month later.

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Public overwhelmingly want end to religious slaughter, MP tells shechita debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on the future of shechita has seen MPs put forward robust defences of kosher and halal religious slaughtering practises.

A three-hour session in Westminster Hall heard from more than a dozen speakers from across the political spectrum.

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Anti-shechita campaigners are 'obsessed', says Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The British Veterinary Association is “negligent, obsessed and politically driven” in its campaign against religious slaughter, according to a group which works to protect kosher meat production.

Shechita UK said the BVA was guilty of “hypocrisy” in its efforts to highlight animal welfare.

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Hamas rebuilding efforts questioned

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2015

A parliamentary debate will focus on how Britain can help prevent further conflict in Gaza.

The Westminster Hall session will take place on Wednesday and will be led by Labour Friends of Israel vice-chairman Michael McCann MP.

LFI has produced a briefing pack for MPs highlighting action being taken by Hamas to re-arm, including the rebuilding of tunnels destroyed by Israel last summer, and t

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Come back to Labour, says ex NUS president

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2015

Running for Parliament can be an overwhelming experience for some candidates. But at the age of 32, Wes Streeting could already be considered a veteran of political activism.

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MP will call on experience to succeed

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2015

The window of Lee Scott's office in Portcullis House - the £235 million glass-roofed building across the road from Parliament in which hundreds of MPs are based - provides one of the poorest views of any in the building.

While his colleagues enjoy sweeping vistas of Parliament Square, Big Ben or the River Thames, his desk looks out over an alleyway and some dustbins.

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Jonathan Arkush announces bid for Board of Deputies presidency

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2015

Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush has announced he will stand in the organisation’s presidential election in May.

Mr Arkush, who has served as chair of the Board’s defence and group relations division for the past six years, said he had the “extensive experience” necessary for the top job.

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Fresh appeal to find killers of Leeds man

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2015

Detectives have re-issued an appeal for information about the unsolved murder of a Jewish man in Leeds.

On the 11th anniversary of John Luper’s death, West Yorkshire Police said they were as determined as ever to get justice for his family.

John Luper, who was 57, died following a robbery at his home on February 17, 2004.

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Student union apologises after Nazi logo used on poster

By Marcus Dysch, February 17, 2015

Officials at a students’ union have claimed the use of a Nazi logo in advertising material for a German-themed social event was “a genuine mistake”.

Students at Aberystwyth University in Wales complained after the advert appeared on Facebook featuring an SS emblem.

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Nick Clegg pledges to continue Jewish school security funding

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

The Liberal Democrats will protect funding for security measures in Jewish schools if the party returns to government after May’s election, Nick Clegg has announced.

The Deputy Prime Minister said his party would guarantee the continuation of the £2.3m funding the Department for Education provides.

Jewish state schools use the money to provide additional security measures.

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Two men charged with helping Copenhagen gunman

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

Two men have been charged with assisting the man believed to be responsible for the attacks on a shul and a café over the weekend in Copenhagen.

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Poll reveals public believes five million Jews live in the UK

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

One in five people believes there are more than five million Jews living in Britain, according to polling conducted on behalf of the parliamentary group investigating antisemitism.

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All Party Report: MPs highlight shul security and internet hate

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Dozens of recommendations to government, evidence from hundreds of witnesses across Europe, and the support of every leading politician in Britain — the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism represents one of the past decade’s most detailed accounts of how Jews are abused in Britain.

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Key recommendations include call for police and council involvement

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism made a series of recommendations to government:

What the report says: “We recommend that the government, together with the CPS, police and other relevant bodies, work with the Jewish community to devise a communications strategy which effectively conveys the work that has been undertaken to combat antisemitism.”

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