Marcus Dysch

Love of Labour

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2016

The intricate, inner workings of the Labour Party are no doubt of interest to many people.

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Outrage as Labour blocks hate inquiry

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2016

The Labour Party's refusal to publish the full findings of an investigation into allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University has been attacked by Jewish students and communal organisations.

Suppressing the report undermined the party's credibility in tackling antisemitism, they said.

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Bad start for Shami as doubts grow over antisemitism inquiry’s integrity

By Marcus Dysch, May 18, 2016

The blinds were lowered, blocking the impressive view of Parliament Square usually visible from Portcullis House’s conference rooms.

All eyes focused instead on the slight woman sitting at the top table.

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Labour NEC bans publication of Royall report into Oxford University Labour Club antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Oxford University Labour Club is not institutionally antisemitic, but faces “difficulties” which must be addressed, an investigation has found.

Baroness Royall said she was making 11 recommendations for “immediate and sustained action” to the club regarding the complaints made against it, and a further seven issues will be raised with the Labour Party’s inquiry into antisemitism.

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Lord Sacks says Labour should expel Ken Livingstone

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Lord Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi, has said Ken Livingstone should be sacked from the Labour Party following his comments about Hitler and Zionism.

Speaking in Israel, Lord Sacks called for a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism.

Asked by the Jerusalem Post whether Mr Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, should be fired by the party, the rabbi replied: “Of course.”

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Only one in 10 Labour members believes party has an antisemitism problem, poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Almost half of all Labour members believe the party’s antisemitism crisis has been created by the media to attack Jeremy Corbyn, a new poll has revealed.

Asked what they made of the stories about Labour and antisemitism over the past few weeks, 49 per cent of party members felt the issue was a creation of the press, aimed at harming the leader.

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Tyson Fury ‘apologises’ for antisemitic rant

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight boxing champion, has attempted to apologise for an antisemitic rant in an online video.

The Manchester-born fighter claimed Jews “own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations” during a question and answer session posted on YouTube earlier this month.

He claimed “media scrutiny” was partly to blame for his racist comments.

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Head of inquiry into Labour antisemitism Shami Chakrabarti reveals she has joined the party

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti has said she is confident that her inquiry into antisemitism within Labour will be independent, despite revealing that she joined the party last month.

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Boxing champion Tyson Fury in antisemitic rant

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2016

Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight boxing champion, has launched an antisemitic rant in a video posted online.

The Manchester-born fighter claimed Jews “own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations”.

His comments were posted on YouTube as part of a self-filmed question and answer session last week, but the most offensive Jew-hate comments only came to light today.

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Brexit poll shows big lead for Remain

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2016

Almost half of the country's Jews believe Britain should remain in the European Union, a JC poll has revealed.

Asked how they would vote in next month's referendum, 49 per cent said they would prefer to stay in.

Just over a third - 34 per cent - back Brexit.

But a significant number - 17 per cent - were yet to decide how they would vote on June 23.

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No surprise we're playing safe on Brexit

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2016

Is it really a surprise that Jews are more likely to vote for Britain to remain in the EU next month?

On an issue of this magnitude, the community will surely always support the security provided by the status quo than a leap into the unknown.

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Antisemitism crisis cost us votes, Labour MP Ivan Lewis tells Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2016

Former minister Ivan Lewis has told Jeremy Corbyn that the ongoing Labour antisemitism crisis cost the party votes at last week’s elections.

Mr Lewis, the party’s MP for Bury South, met his party leader yesterday to discuss his concerns about the problem.

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Lib Dems speak to ex-MP David Ward after he backs Naz Shah antisemitic comments

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2016

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed that former MP David Ward has been reminded of the party’s stance against antisemitism after he backed a Labour MP’s Jew-hate comments.

Mr Ward was elected as a Lib Dem councillor in Bradford in last Thursday’s local elections.

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Sadiq Khan must now build on his Yom Hashoah masterstroke

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2016

From eating matzah to donning a kippah and visiting charities - Sadiq Khan’s campaign to be elected Mayor of London was strewn with attempts to attract the capital’s Jewish voters.

But it was on Sunday, in one of his first official engagements since winning the keys to City Hall, that Mr Khan scored his greatest success.

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Labour support among British Jews collapses to 8.5 per cent

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

Just 8.5 per cent of British Jews would vote Labour if there was an election tomorrow, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

And 38.5 per cent of Jews give Labour the worst possible mark – 5 out of 5 – for antisemitism among party members and elected representatives.

The poll results come as Jeremy Corbyn's party is engulfed by an antisemitism crisis now entering its fourth month.

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SNP bar activist over hate posts

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

The Scottish National Party has barred a party activist from taking part in campaigns after his antisemitic Facebook posts were revealed.

Amjed Hussain, who campaigned alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her manifesto launch for this week’s election, has shared a video which alleged that Mossad carried out the 9/11 terrorist hijackings.

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Labour suspends Momentum supporter who claimed Jews caused ‘an African holocaust’

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

A leading member of the pro-Corbyn Momentum hard-left activism group claimed Jews were responsible for an “African holocaust”, the JC can reveal.

Jacqueline Walker is a vice-chair of the movement’s national steering committee and activist in south-east England.

Labour suspended Ms Walker from the party after the JC brought her comments to the party’s attention.

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David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Hamas and Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have repeatedly clashed in the Commons over Labour’s antisemitism crisis and the Labour leader’s past comments on Hamas and Hizbollah.

The Prime Minister asked Mr Corbyn four times to withdraw his previous references to Hamas and Hizbollah as “friends”.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis warns Labour antisemitism inquiry must not be a ‘sticking plaster’

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

There is a “severe” antisemitism problem within Labour, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has claimed in his first public comments on the crisis engulfing the party.

In a wide-ranging article explaining his concerns about the allegations and comments of recent weeks, Rabbi Mirvis attacked those who, he said, had tried to separate Zionism and Judaism.

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Naz Shah quits committee investigating antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP suspended by the party for a series of antisemitic social media posts, has said she will temporarily step down from a Commons committee investigating Jew-hatred.

Ms Shah, Bradford West MP, will not be involved in the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into rising antisemitism in Britain.

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