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

My interview with Labour’s shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper:

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.

She also insisted that Labour’s relationship with the Jewish community was “as strong as ever” and that differences of opinion on Israel should not detract from the ongoing work between Labour politicians and communal organisations.

Ms Cooper was responding to comments … Continue Reading

Interview: Lynne Featherstone

My interview with Liberal Democrat minister Lynne Featherstone:

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward could be stripped of the party whip for his offensive tweets about Jews and Israel, according to the party’s most senior Jewish minister.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Bradford East MP was treading a thin line with his regular attacks on social media.

He briefly lost the party whip following disciplinary action in 2013 after posts targeting Jews and Zionists.

“He might lose it again if he’s not careful. There’s a thin line between free speech and hate speech and incitement,” Ms Featherstone told the JC.

“Obviously, the party … Continue Reading