Marcus Dysch

Jeremy Corbyn tells Commons’ committee: ‘Ken Livingstone’s Hitler comment was wholly unacceptable’

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has said Ken Livingstone’s comments on Hitler and Zionism were “wholly unacceptable and wrong”, and admitted that he regrets describing Hamas and Hizbollah as "friends".

The Labour leader gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into rising antisemitism in Britain for more than 90 minutes this afternoon.


To Hull and back: Expats return for 250th anniversary

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2016

The citizens of Hull are in high spirits. The city is undergoing major redevelopment ahead of becoming UK City of Culture in 2017. Its football team has been promoted back to the Premier League and a £310 million wind turbine project promises to revitalise the job market.


How the unveiling of Labour's antisemitism report turned into a Corbyn calamity

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2016

It was the political equivalent of running into a burning building with a can of petrol and liberally chucking the fuel over anything you could find.

What Jeremy Corbyn did this morning almost defied belief. Even in these extraordinary times, it was an act of such reckless abandon that veteran political correspondents watched open-mouthed.


Brexit vote triggers fears over security

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2016


More than a third of British Jews feel less safe following the EU referendum result, a JC poll has revealed.

After the country backed leaving the European Union, 38 per cent of the community said the outcome had left them more concerned about their security. More than half said they felt pessimistic about the future.


The hopefuls who could fight to be next Prime Minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 29, 2016

Theresa May
Home Secretary, MP

As the longest-serving Home Secretary for more than a century, Mrs May is perhaps better placed than any other politician to understand British Jews’ concerns on extremism and rising antisemitism.


Luciana Berger quits shadow cabinet

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2016

Luciana Berger has resigned from her role in the Labour shadow cabinet, as the frontbench revolt against Jeremy Corbyn continues.

Ms Berger had been Shadow Minister for Mental Health but joined the more than 20 Labour figures to quit following the EU Referendum result.


Friends group calls for action as report nears

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2016

The inquiry into antisemitism allegations in the Labour Party must make clear where criticism of Israel turns into Jew-hate, its Friends of Israel group has said.

In its submission to the Chakrabarti Inquiry, Labour Friends of Israel said that "almost without exception" those suspended from the party had made comments focussing on Israel.


She 'listened' on antisemitism issue

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2016

"I just burst into tears, it was surreal," said Stefan Simmonds reflecting on the moment he heard Jo Cox had died.

Mr Simmonds owns several West Yorkshire business centres, including one in which the MP ran her constituency office in the town of Cleckheaton following her election last year.


CST offers support and security advice

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2016

The fatal attack on Jo Cox outside her constituency surgery has again raised questions about security around MPs as they conduct their work in Westminster and across the country.


Momentum group uses 'offensive' swastika placard in advert promoting debate on antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2016

A branch of the left-wing Momentum activist group has appeared to defend its use of an antisemitic placard to advertise a debate on Jew-hatred.

The Lewisham branch of the pro-Jeremy Corbyn organisation said the photograph of a banner claiming Hitler would be “proud” of Israel was intended to “challenge ideas in our movement”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.