Marcus Dysch

Tory Israel trip attracts over 450 applications

By Marcus Dysch, June 11, 2015

A delegation of young Conservative activists visited Israel this week on the first of a series of fact-finding tours of the country.

Hundreds of Tories under the age of 30 applied to take part in the trip, run by the Conservative Friends of Israel.

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David Cameron says far-right Golders Green protesters should feel ‘full force of the law’

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2015

David Cameron has said activists who engage in an antisemitic demonstration planned for Golders Green next month should face “the full force of the law”.

He was responding to a question from Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

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Scottish police investigate Lord Janner over abuse claim

By Marcus Dysch, June 9, 2015

Scottish police are investigating claims that Lord Janner abused a teenage boy in the country in the 1970s.

The decision by Police Scotland to look at the allegations – made almost a quarter of a century ago – comes two months after the Crown Prosecution Service in London decided not to charge the peer over similar claims.

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Nicola Sturgeon says level of antisemitism in Scotland is 'unacceptable'

By Marcus Dysch, June 5, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to hold a series of public meetings with the country’s Jewish community to discuss concerns, including antisemitism.

In her first formal meeting with representatives of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, Ms Sturgeon said she found the level of Jew-hatred experienced in Scotland “unacceptable”.

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We'll keep on fighting hate, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

The government will continue to regard the fight against antisemitism as a serious issue, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament.

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Tony Blair to tackle European antisemitism in new role

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

Tony Blair has revealed he will work to tackle antisemitism across Europe in a new role.

After quitting as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy, Mr Blair is to become chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).

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New government will continue to fight antisemitism, minister tells parliamentary group

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

The government will continue to fight antisemitism “seriously”, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament and would report regularly on its progress in tackling antisemitism.

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Charles Kennedy was ‘great friend of Jews and Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Mr Kennedy had a warm relationship with the Jewish community during his time leading the party and also as an MP during his long political career.

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How the Tories managed to hold on to the heartland

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

One of the few bright spots for Labour on election night came in the capital, where it bucked the trend and took seats from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

But not in the two constituencies with more Jewish voters than anywhere else in Britain: Finchley and Golders Green, and Hendon.

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Tories show true colours now Lib Dems are gone

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

David Cameron has appointed a series of Jewish politicians to his first fully Conservative government.

The unveiling of the new ministerial positions this week means there are more Jews around the cabinet table than at any time since Margaret Thatcher's Tory administrations of the 1980s.

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Peer and van man who are set to be Cameron's key figures

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

They may have very different political styles, but two Jewish Tories will be among the most influential figures steering the Conservative Party.

One is David Cameron's Oxford University contemporary and tennis partner, the other is the champion of so-called White Can Conservatism.

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My supporters voted Labour to block Tory win, says beaten Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Ousted Liberal Democrat minister Lynne Featherstone has thanked supporters as she bowed out of Parliament.

Ms Featherstone was the most senior Jewish woman in the coalition government but lost her seat in north London’s Hornsey and Wood Green constituency to Labour.

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Newest Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth says victory was 'bittersweet'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Britain’s newest Jewish MP has told of the emotional moment when she entered the House of Commons chamber for the first time after being elected.

But Ruth Smeeth said her victory in Stoke-on-Trent North felt “bittersweet” after Labour lost the election.

She won with 15,429 votes – a majority of 4,836 – five years after losing in the Burton-on-Trent constituency.

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Eric Pickles is new Conservative Friends of Israel chairman

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been appointed as the new parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.

He replaces former Hertsmere MP James Clappison, who retired before the election.

Mr Pickles’s first visit to Israel was with CFI in 1994.

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David Cameron appoints consumer rights MP Robert Halfon to the cabinet

By Marcus Dysch, May 11, 2015

Robert Halfon has been promoted to deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in David Cameron’s post-election reshuffle.

Mr Halfon, who was re-elected as Harlow MP, will also attend cabinet as minister without portfolio.

He has enjoyed a rapid rise through the Tory ranks, due largely to his reputation as a campaigner for consumer rights.

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Ex MP Lee Scott says antisemitic abuse cost him his seat

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2015

Ousted Conservative MP Lee Scott has said antisemitic abuse cost him his job in Parliament.

Mr Scott was beaten by Labour’s Wes Streeting in Ilford North, missing out by 589 votes.

During the campaign he was the target of death threats and anti-Jewish hatred.

He said there was “no question in my mind” that the attacks on him had contributed to his defeat.

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Election 2015: Why British Jews will welcome Tory win

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

When the rosettes and the placards are packed away, the winners have caught up on sleep, and the losers have drowned their sorrows, what messages will British Jews take away from the 2015 election?

A couple of points are blatantly clear, even so soon after the declarations.

It sounds like a broken record, I know, but Ed Miliband’s stance on Israel did hurt Labour.

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Election 2015: Bob Blackman fends off Labour challenge in Harrow East

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

Bob Blackman has held his Harrow East seat following a stiff challenge from Labour candidate Uma Kumaran.

The Conservative MP won with a majority of 4,757, an increase of more than 1,300 on his result five years ago.

The victory came despite a strong campaign from Ms Kumaran, who had been leading in some polls in the weeks leading up to polling day.

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Election 2015: Tulip Siddiq secures Hampstead and Kilburn for Labour

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

Labour candidate Tulip Siddiq has won the constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn, holding it for the party following the retirement of Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson.

Ms Siddiq recorded a majority of 1,138 – the seat had previously been the second tightest in the country after Ms Jackson won by just 42 votes five years ago.

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Election 2015: Mike Freer romps home in Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

Conservative Mike Freer has held his seat in the constituency with the largest number of Jewish voters.

Mr Freer was re-elected as MP in Finchley and Golders Green, winning with a majority of 5,662, a small drop from his 2010 result.

He collected 25,835 votes against Labour candidate Sarah Sackman’s 20,173.

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