Marcus Dysch


Marcus Dysch
Registered: 10 July 2008
Location: Edgware
JC Political Correspondent and Assistant News Editor




Golders Green security alert over 'abandoned vehicle'

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2016

Golders Green underground station was closed for around an hour and the surrounding area cordoned off by police due to an abandoned vehicle this morning.

Commuters and pedestrians had filled the streets around the station, which was closed at around 8.30am.

At around 9am police moved people away from the area, before lifting the security cordon at 9.30am.


Concern as Alan Duncan gets FCO post

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2016

Theresa May's cabinet has fewer Jewish ministers than any government for a decade, but the appointment of a number of key ministers will draw the interest of the community.

Sir Alan Duncan's new role as a Foreign Office minister was attacked by Labour MP Louise Ellman at a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday.

Mrs Ellman said Sir Alan had, in October 2014, referred to the United States being


I was 'ignorant and stupid' for making antisemitic comments, says Naz Shah

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP was who suspended from her party for antisemitic social media posts, has said she was “ignorant” and “stupid” when she published the offensive messages.

Ms Shah apologised earlier this year for the series of comments she made about Jews and Israel, and was readmitted to the party following a disciplinary process earlier this month.


David Cameron's premiership was a golden era for Britain's Jews

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2016

It was an ovation unlike any I had heard before, or since, for a politician.

When David Cameron walked off the podium at the Holocaust Educational Trust dinner in September 2013, the applause was thunderous.


What Prime Minister Theresa May could mean for British Jews

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2016

When Theresa May attended a Board of Deputies meeting and held a sign declaring “Je Suis Juif” a week after the atrocity at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, some thought it was merely an opportunistic photo opportunity.


A gentler politics? No. It was a day of shame

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 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 last Thursday morning almost defied belief.

Mr Corbyn came to the launch of his party's report into antisemitism, conducted by Shami Chakrabarti, after the worst week of his political career.


Hatred 'swept under the carpet'

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2016

Labour has been accused by Jewish students of sweeping allegations of antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club under the carpet.

An investigation into Jew-hate at OULC was launched in February after Alex Chalmers, the club's co-chairman, resigned, claiming a large proportion of members "have some kind of problem with Jews".

The investigation was chaired by Baroness Royall, but Labour's


Labour MP Naz Shah re-admitted to the party

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP who apologised earlier this year for a series of offensive social media posts she made about Jews and Israel, has been readmitted to the party following a disciplinary process.

She is expected to make a full apology for bringing the party into disrepute.

Ms Shah was suspended in April.


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.