Jewish politicians in Britain

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Jewish politicians in Britain.

A frighteningly disproportionate large number of Jews in Britain have been politicians.

1900-1939

  • Herbert Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel (1902), Liberal cabinet minister & leader
  • Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading (1904), Liberal cabinet minister & Viceroy of India. The only British Jew to be elevated to a Marquessate.
  • Alfred Mond, 1st Baron Melchett (1906)[1][2]
  • Edwin Samuel Montagu (1906).
  • Frank Goldsmith Conservative M.P. for Stowmarket (1910).[3]
  • Trebitsch Lincoln (1910).
  • Sir Percy Alfred Harris, Liberal MP (1916).
  • Arthur Samuel, Conservative M.P. (1918).
  • Manny Shinwell, Baron Shinwell (1884–1986) (1922), Labour cabinet minister & Chairman.
  • Leslie Haden-Guest, Labour MP.
  • Leslie Hore-Belisha, 1st Baron Hore-Belisha (1893–1957), Liberal National cabinet minister.
  • Harry Louis Nathan, 1st Baron Nathan of Churt (1929) Liberal, later Labour MP.
  • Barnett Janner (1931), Labour MP.
  • Dudley Joel (1931), Conservative MP.
  • Sydney Silverman (1935) Labour MP 1935.
  • Lewis Silkin, 1st Baron Silkin (1936), Labour cabinet minister.[4]; father of John Silkin and Samuel Silkin.

1940-1973

  • Herschel Lewis Austin [1911-1974] (1945), Labour MP, Stretford and Urmston, Manchester.
  • John Diamond, Baron Diamond (1945), Labour cabinet minister and SDP leader in the House of Lords.[5]
  • Maurice Edelman (1911–1975) (1945), Labour MP.
  • Harold Lever, Baron Lever of Manchester (1914–1995)(1945), Labour MP.
  • Ian Mikardo (1908–1993) (1945), former Communist and a Labour MP.
  • Phil Piratin (1945), Communist Party MP.
  • Samuel Segal (1945), Labour MP and later Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.
  • Leslie Lever, Baron Lever, Labour (1950).
  • Sir Gerald Nabarro (1950), Conservative MP.
  • Sir Henry d'Avigdor-Goldsmid (1955).
  • Sir Keith Joseph, Conservative cabinet minister and Life Peer (1956)[6]
  • Sir Philip Goodhart (1957), Conservative MP and minister.
  • Leo Abse (1958), solicitor and Labour MP & social reformer responsible for the repeal of the Homosexual Act in parliament.
  • Myer Galpern (1959), Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.
  • John Silkin (1963), Labour cabinet minister.>ref>JYB 1986, pps:186 & 269.</ref>
  • Joel Barnett (1964), Labour cabinet minister and Life Peer.[7]
  • Edmund Dell (1964), Labour cabinet minister & founding chairman of Channel Four, established for minorities.
  • Reginald Freeson (1964), Labour minister.[8]
  • Robert Maxwell (1964), Labour MP for Buckingham, later proprietor of the Daily Mirror newspaper.
  • Samuel Silkin, Labour cabinet minister and Life Peer (1964).[9]
  • Paul Rose 1964-79 Labour M.P. and Opposition frontbencher.
  • Eric Moonman (1966), Labour MP.[10]
  • Robert Adley (1970), Conservative MP.
  • James d'Avigdor-Goldsmid (1970), Conservative MP.
  • Sally Oppenheim-Barnes (1970), Conservative MP.[11]
  • Michael Fidler, Conservative MP.
  • Greville Janner (1970), Labour MP, now Life Peer.
  • Toby Jessel (1970), Conservative MP.
  • Sir Gerald Kaufman (1970), Labour MP and cabinet minister.
  • Sir Anthony Meyer (1970), Conservative MP, sometime a leadership candidate.
  • Harold Benjamin Soref (1970-4), Conservative MP, and a leading member of the Conservative Monday Club.
  • Neville Sandelson, Labour & SDP(1971).
  • Sir Clement Freud (1973), Liberal MP
  • David Weitzman, Labour MP.

1974 -

  • Leon Brittan (1974-2015), a Lithuanian Jew, Conservative Party MP, cabinet minister and later a Life Peer, was also a EU Commissioner. He was accused of historic child sex activites but died just prior to them coming to court.
  • Ivan Lawrence (1974–1997) Conservative MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, member of the Conservative Monday Club.
  • Nigel Lawson (1974-1992), Life Peer as Baron Lawson of Blaby, Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer.[12]
  • Millie Miller (1974-1977), Labour MP.
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind (1974-2015), Conservative Party MP and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. In 1986 he was one of those who framed the new Public Order Act which, in section 5, criminalised free speech (including use of "insulting words").
  • Alfred Dubs (1979-1987), Labour MP and Life Peer.
  • David Winnick (1979-present) Labour MP for Walsall North.
  • Alexander Carlisle (1983-1997) Liberal MP for Montgomery.
  • Harry Cohen (1983-2010), Labour MP for Leyton and Wandstead.
  • Edwina Currie (née Cohen)(1983-1997), Conservative MP and cabinet minister.
  • Michael Howard (1983-2010), Conservative cabinet minister & Leader of the Opposition from 2003 to 2005.
  • Phillip Oppenheim (1983-1997) Conservative MP for Amber Valley, Under-Secretary of State to the Department of Employment and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. Also a political columnist for The Sunday Times newspaper.
  • Robert Sheldon (1964-2001) Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne.
  • David Sumberg (1983–1997) Conservative MP for Bury South.
  • Michael Fabricant (1992-present) Conservative MP.
  • Barbara Roche (née Margolis) (1992-2005), Labour minister.
  • Margaret Hodge (née Oppenheimer)(1994-present), Labour Minister of State for Industry and the Regions.
  • John Bercow (1997-present), Conservative MP, Speaker of the British House of Commons.
  • Louise Ellman (1997-present), Labour MP.
  • Fabian Hamilton (1997-present), Labour MP.
  • Evan Harris (1997), Liberal Democrat MP.
  • Oona King (1997-2005), Labour MP (1997–2005), second negress MP (Jewish mother), niece of Miriam Stoppard.
  • Oliver Letwin (1997-present), Conservative Party MP and was a shadow cabinet member. Chairman of the Policy Review & Chairman of the Conservative Research Department. Also employed by Rothschild's Bank.
  • Julian Lewis (1997-present), Conservative MP for New Forest, and former Conservative Party Central Office bureaucrat.
  • Ivan Lewis (1997-present), Labour Minister of State for Health.
  • Gillian Merron (1997-2010), Foreign Office Minister.
  • Jonathan Djanogly (2001-present) Conservative MP for Huntingdon.
  • David Miliband (2001-2013), Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Labour MP for South Shields and former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (June 2007 - May 2010) and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (May 2006 - June 2007). Brother of Ed Miliband and son of leading Marxist theorist and former communist Ralph Miliband.
  • Lynne Featherstone (2005-2015), Liberal Democrat MP.
  • Susan Kramer (2005-2010) Liberal Democrat candidate for Richmond-upon-Thames.
  • Ed Miliband (2005-present) Leader of the Labour Party (25 Sept 2010 - May 2015), former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Oct 2008 - May 2010), Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Brother of David Miliband and son of leading Marxist theorist and former communist Ralph Miliband.
  • Lee Scott (2005-2015), Conservative MP.
  • Grant Shapps (2005-present) Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield. Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party until 28 Nov 2015 when he was forced to resign in a bullying scandal.
  • Daniel Finkelstein. A Liberal who joined the fake Conservative Party. Between 1995 and 1997 was Director of the Conservative Research Department, advisor to Prime Minister John Major, and attended meetings of the Cabinet when it sat in political session. Finkelstein became among the earliest advocates of the 'modernisation' of the Conservative Party, laying out his principles of change in a series of speeches and columns in The Times. In 2013 he was made a Conservative Party Life Peer. He is a journalist and a former Executive Editor of The Times. He remains a weekly political columnist and is now Associate Editor.[13] He is a former chairman of Policy Exchange who was succeeded by another Jew, David Frum, in 2014.[14]
  • Brooks Newmark (2005-2015) Conservative MP for Braintree.
  • Luciana Berger (2010-present) Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree.
  • Michael Ellis (2010-present) Conservative MP for Northampton North.
  • Robert Halfon (2010-present) Conservative MP for Harlow.
  • Zac Goldsmith (2010-2015) Conservative MP for Richmond.
  • Ruth Smeeth (2015 - present) Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North. She complained in parliament on 1 September 2016 that she had received thousands of abusive anti-semitic messages.[15]
  • Robert Halfon (2010 - present) Conservative MP for Harlow, a Cabinet Minister, a Privy Councillor, and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. Before becoming an MP he worked as chief of staff for the Conservative MP Oliver Letwin before becoming political director for Conservative Friends of Israel. On 18th July 2014 he was chosen by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to be his Parliamentary Private Secretary. In November 2015 he was involved in a major expenses scandal.
  • Richard Harrington (2010 - present) Conservative MP for Watford. Until March 2010 he was chairman of the Executive Board of the Conservative Friends of Israel, which, during his tenure, had quadrupled in size financially. He was appointed Treasurer of the Conservative Party in 2008.
  • Dominic Raab (2010 - present) Conservative Party MP for Esher and Walton, Surrey. An international business lawyer specialising in 'Human Rights'. He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Human Rights, at the Ministry of Justice on 12 May 2015.
  • Luciana Clare Berger (2010 - present) Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree. Married Alistair Goldsmith at the city's Princes Road Synagogue in June 2015. She is a vitriolic campaigner against so-called anti-semitism.
  • Andrew Simon Feldman, 'Lord' Feldman of Elstree, a close friend since university of David Cameron who appointed him as chief fundraiser and Conservative Party Deputy Treasurer. In July 2008 Cameron promoted Feldman to Chief Executive of the Conservative Campaign Headquarters. In October 2008 he was involved in a corruption scandal involving Nathaniel Rothschild. On 11 May 2010, Cameron appointed Feldman as the Co-Chairman of the Party (with Grant Shapps and a Muslim - meaning all three were foreign in origin). On 17 December 2010 Feldman was created a Life Peer by Cameron. In May 2013, Feldman was widely attributed with making a claim that Conservative parliamentary rebellions on a referendum on European Union membership and same sex marriage were due to Conservative Associations being "all mad, swivel-eyed loons".
  • Maurice Saatchi, a Conservative Party Life Peer. Under the party leadership of Iain Duncan Smith, Saatchi served as Shadow Treasury spokesman in the Lords, forming a close relationship with another Jew Michael Howard (false surname), who was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. After Howard became leader of the Conservative Party in November 2003, Saatchi was appointed joint chairman of the party, a classic example of blatant nepotism.


References

  1. Jewish Year Book, London, 1911, p.297.
  2. Encyclopaedia Judaica vol.12, p.241-2.
  3. JYB 1911 p.297.
  4. Encyclopaedia Judaica, vol.14, cols 1539-1540.
  5. The Independent newspaper, London, April 6, 2004.
  6. JYB 1988, pps:192 & 227.
  7. JYB 2005, p.212.
  8. JYB 2005, pps:212 & 241-2.
  9. JYB 1986, pps: 185 & 269-70.
  10. JYB 2005, p.279.
  11. JYB 2005, pps: 212 & 282-3.
  12. JYB 2005, p.212.
  13. "JC Power 100: Numbers 50 - 11", The Jewish Chronicle, 10 September 2014
  14. "Policy Exchange appoints David Frum as new chairman", Policy Exchange, 19 September 2014
  15. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/02/jewish-labour-mp-reveals-she-received-more-than-2000-pieces-of-a/