Marcus Dysch

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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Yvette Cooper: 'It's nonsense to say Labour is anti-Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has hit back at claims that Britain’s relationship with Israel would be weakened if Ed Miliband became prime minister.

Ms Cooper said it was “utter nonsense” to claim this country’s role as a key ally of Israel would be seriously diminished if Labour won the general election in May.

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Lib Dem candidate will offer pro-Israel voice in election battle

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A series of controversial episodes involving Israel and the Jewish community should not hamper the Liberal Democrats’ election hopes in Finchley and Golders Green, the party’s candidate believes.

Jonathan Davies, vice-chairman of the party’s Friends of Israel group, was selected last week to contest his local parliamentary seat.

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I’ve delivered on promises, says MP Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Mike Freer has enjoyed a solid first term in Parliament — working for the varied communities in his constituency, supporting the government, and showing flashes of oratorical brilliance with his award-winning speech on gay marriage two years ago.

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Labour hopeful Sarah Sackman faces Miliband effect in Finchley seat

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Keeping a class of boisterous teenagers quiet for an hour is never an easy task. Less still if they are being asked to listen to a guest speaker who wants to discuss national health policy and the legislative process.

Fortunately for Sarah Sackman, the sixth-formers in question, at Finchley’s Christ College, were politics students, and quite happy to be meeting a general election candidate.

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Government moves to eject top rabbi from interfaith role

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A leading United Synagogue rabbi was removed as patron of an interfaith charity because the government believed he was too extreme.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet was in position at Faith Matters for just a fortnight before being sacked on Monday.

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Police investigate reports of 'shots' fired at London kosher restaurant

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2015

The Community Security Trust and police are investigating an incident at Orli kosher restaurant in Edgware, north-west London.

Eyewitness accounts posted on Twitter initially suggested shots had been fired from a car driving past.

The incident is believed to have taken place at around 5.30pm.

Pictures showed a shattered window but people could be seen still inside the restaurant.

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Vince Cable backs down over proposed closure of Holocaust fund

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable has reversed a decision to consider closing a compensation scheme for Holocaust victims as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Dr Cable had initially asked Shoah groups for their views on whether to end the Enemy Property Payment Scheme, or find a cheaper way to run it.

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Interfaith group drops rabbi as patron after only two weeks

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

An interfaith conflict-resolution group has reversed its decision to make a leading rabbi a patron due to past comments he has made on Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet had been appointed by Faith Matters only a fortnight ago.

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Multi-millionaire Labour donor Andrew Rosenfeld dies

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

Businessman and leading Labour Party donor Andrew Rosenfeld has died at the age of 52 after a short illness.

Former Jewish Care trustee Mr Rosenfeld was an investor in property and mobile phone company chairman.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “I am deeply saddened by the sudden death of my friend, Andrew Rosenfeld. My thoughts are with Juliet and his family.”

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Report calls for measures on shul security and internet hate

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

The government should establish a fund to cover the cost of synagogue security in Britain, a panel investigating the rise of antisemitism has said.

Terror threats facing the Jewish community mean effective measures taken to protect schools should now be rolled out to cover shuls.

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