Marcus Dysch

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.


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.


Election 2015: Live results blog

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2015


Good morning - if you are just waking up, here are the key points from the night's coverage:

● Mike Freer (Cons) holds Finchley and Golders Green

● Matthew Offord (Cons) holds Hendon and increases majority

● Lee Scott (Cons) loses Ilford North to Labour's Wes Streeting by 589 votes


Election 2015: The key results to look for

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2015

The waiting is over. After months of campaigning, policy announcements and debates, election day is here.

The JC will be providing coverage throughout the night as results come in from across the country.


Jewish journalist claims he was ‘throttled’ and abused outside Respect rally

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Jewish journalist claims he was racially abused and assaulted outside a Respect party election rally in Bradford.

Ben Judah was in the city preparing a report for the Politico website when he says he was called a “****ing Jew” and ejected from the event.

The alleged incident, on Sunday, has been reported to police and the Community Security Trust.


Tony Blair vouches for convict Ehud Olmert in corruption case

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

Tony Blair has intervened in Ehud Olmert’s corruption case, providing a character reference for the discredited former Israeli Prime Minister.

A letter written by the former British premier in support of Olmert praised the ex-Kadima leader’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.


Labour telling Orthodox Jews I’m gay, claims Tory candidate Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Conservative election candidate has claimed Labour campaigners attempted to discourage Orthodox Jews from voting for him by telling them he is gay.

Mike Freer is standing for re-election in Finchley and Golders Green – the constituency with the highest number of Jewish voters in Britain.


David Cameron worried over Labour’s ‘wrong’ direction on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2015


David Cameron has spoken of his concern about Labour’s approach to Israel and Hamas as he begins his final tour of Britain before election day.

Campaigning in the Hendon constituency in north-west London, the Prime Minister said he understood the fears of the Jewish community in the face of the terror threat and attacks on Israel.


Ukip candidate sends abusive tweets to Jewish politicians

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2015

A Ukip election candidate has been suspended by the party for sending abusive tweets to Jewish MPs.

Posts from the account of Jack Sen, who is standing for the party in the seat of West Lancashire, targeted Labour’s Luciana Berger and Conservative chairman Grant Shapps.

The messages appeared to accuse the Jewish politicians of dual loyalty.


Ed Miliband: ‘I value my relationship with the community’

By Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2015

Ed Miliband’s relationship with the Jewish community has been sorely tested in the year since the Labour leader claimed he felt closer to British Jews than ever before.

But as the election campaign reaches its climax, the man fighting to be Prime Minister this week offered a robust defence of his criticisms of Israel and sent a clear message to Anglo-Jewry.


Ed Miliband: I’m a strong friend of Israel but I was right over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2015

Ed Miliband has defended his criticism of Israel during last summer’s Gaza conflict, saying he was right to describe the military action as “wrong and unjustifiable”.

In an interview with the JC to be published on Thursday, Mr Miliband said he was committed to obtaining “security for Israel and a viable and secure Palestinian state”.


Fury over Tory candidate’s Miliband ‘the Jew’ Facebook post

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2015

A Conservative council candidate has been suspended by the party after she referred to Labour leader Ed Miliband as “the Jew”.

Gulzabeen Afsar is due to stand for the Tories in Derby’s local authority election next week.

In a Facebook status praising David Cameron’s leadership she told a friend she would never “drop that low and support the Al Yahud! Lol”.


Theresa May's Bnei Akiva Yom Ha'atzmaut speech

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May gave the keynote speech at Bnei Akiva's Yom Ha'aztmaut event.

The Conservative minister spoke about Israel's technological successes and the country's relationship with Britain.

She told an audience at Finchley United Synagogue about her hopes for peace in the Middle East.


Board of Deputies want more election candidates to back its manifesto

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2015

The Board of Deputies has secured the support of dozens of parliamentary candidates for its policy document which backs issues of interest to the Jewish community.

The representative organisation launched its Jewish Manifesto earlier this year and has been encouraging those standing for election next month to sign up to what it called its Ten Commitments.


Fury grows as Janner avoids trial

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2015

Lord Janner will not face charges after the Crown Prosecution Service concluded an investigation into "extremely serious" allegations of historic child abuse.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, said the 86-year-old was not well enough to stand trial as he is suffering from severe dementia.


5,000 join a tribute to Shoah victims

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2015

The Allianz Park stadium in Hendon is more accustomed to noisy crowds cheering on the Saracens rugby union team. But amid grey clouds and blustery winds on Sunday, it was transformed into a place of solemn tribute.


Winners in 2010, now they’re hoping to do it again

By Marcus Dysch, April 17, 2015

A string of Jewish politicians are fighting to be re-eleceted. What are their chances?

Luciana Berger
Constituency: Liverpool Wavertree
Majority in 2010: 7,167



UK envoy predicts 'difficult issues' in Israel job

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Britain's next ambassador to Israel has praised the relationship between the countries as he prepares to move to Tel Aviv.

David Quarrey, who will replace current envoy Matthew Gould in July, predicted "difficult issues" to be overcome during his time in Israel, but said the joint work being done was fuelling his excitement for taking on the role.


For what they’re worth, you can take comfort from these paper promises

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Election manifestos rarely throw up great surprises. Almost every detail is stage-managed, policy-advised, and leaked to the media.

But pro-Palestinian voices in Labour could be forgiven for thinking they had been short-changed when they read their party’s policy document on Monday morning.


Lord Janner ‘unfit’ to stand trial over child abuse allegations

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Lord Janner will not face charges after an investigation into “extremely serious” allegations of historic child abuse, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, said the Jewish peer was not well enough to stand trial.