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Archive for August, 2018

Today: Frank Field resigns

this morning (friday 31st), 6.03-6.04am, 6.33-6.36am, 7.03-7.04am, 7.47am, 7.52-7.58am, 8.00-8.02am, and 8.55-8.59am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by mishal husain and nick robinson) leads with …

An ally of Jeremy Corbyn has accused the veteran Labour MP Frank Field of ’making grotesque slurs’ after he resigned the whip necause of the party’s stance on anti-semitism. In a local newspaper article published this morning, Mr Field urges the Labour leadership to end what he calls ’its racist tolerance of anti-semitism’, and expel local activists who intimidate other members.”
Frank Field has said he might step down and trigger a bye-election.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom barton
• bbc reporter chris mason
neil coyle mp
lloyd russell-moyle mp
• journalist stephen bush
• journalist john mcternan

MN: Frank Field resigns

this morning (friday 31st), 12.00-12.06am, on bbc radio 4
midnight news leads with …

“One of Labour’s longest-serving MPs, Frank Field, has resigned from the parliamentary party, warning that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has become ’a force for anti-semitism’. The party’s deputy leader said the resignations should serve as a major wake-up call.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter ian watson
louise ellman mp
• bbc reporter john pienaar

Newsnight: Frank Field resigns

this evening (thursday 30th), 10.30-10.44pm, on bbc 2 tv
newsnight (presented by emily maitlis) leads with …

“A ’force for anti-semitism in British politics’ – Frank Field blames Jeremy Corbyn for presiding over a culture of bullying and racism as he quits the Labour whip after 40 years as the Birkenhead MP. Is this the voice of a man who’s long struggled to find his own footing in the Labour Party, or a wake-up call to more MPs who feel the same?”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter nick watt
• journalist owen jones
louise ellman mp
chris williamson mp
siobhain mcdonagh mp

PM/6ocn/Twt: Frank Field resigns

this evening (thursday 30th), 5.21-5.29pm, 6.01-6.04pm, 10.01-10.02pm, and 10.07-10.17pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by simon jack), six o’clock news, and the world tonight (presented by james coomarasamy), lead with …

“One of Labour’s most senior and long-serving MPs, Frank Field, has resigned from the Parliamentary party, saying its leadership has become a force for anti-semitism. In a scathing resignation letter, Mr Field, a former minister in Tony Blair’s government, accused Jeremy Corbyn of overseeing an erosion of the party’s key values. He said there was now a culture of intolerance nastiness and intimidation in Labour.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter ian watson
frank field mp
• bbc reporter tom barton
mike cushman of jewish voice for labour
louise ellman mp
(for mike cushman’s views on zionism, see his witness statement at

Newshour: UNRWA cuts

this afternoon (thursday 30th), 2.07-2.18pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by julian marshall) leads with …

Jordan FM: UNRWA Cuts Could Threaten Middle East Peace. Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi has warned that cuts to the funding of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, could be ’extremely destabilising’. He was reacting to reports that the United States had decided to cut all funding it gives to UNRWA. The US had already announced a big reduction of contributions earlier this year.”

including contributons from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
• jordanian foreign minister ayman safadi

6ocn: Settlement ruled legal

this evening (wednesday 29th), 6.09-6.11pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 12.12am on midnight news)
six o’clock news includes …

An Israeli court has ruled for the first time that a settlement built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank is legal. The settlers argued they had been allocated the land by the Israeli government in good faith, but Palestinian officials called for the judgment to be nullified.”

including report from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman

6ocn: Deputies urge Labour

this evening (wednesday 29th), 6.08-6.09pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 12.10am on midnight news)
six o’clock news includes …

“A group representing Jewish communities has written to the Labour Party urging it to take essential steps to address the row over anti-semitism. The letter, from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, is a reply to one from the party outlining what it is doing to deal with the issue.“

including report from …
• bbc reporter susana mendonca

P4t: Belovski 29/8/2018

this morning (wednesday 29th), 9.19-9.22am, on bbc radio 2
pause for thought by rabbi dr harvey belovski

Never judge a book by its cover – you may miss out on a good story, a great relationship or your dream job.”


Today: Sacks denounces Corbyn

this morning (wednesday 29th), 6.36-6.37am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson and john humphrys) includes …

“The Telegraph and the Mail lead with Lord Sacks’ denunciation of Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite, and his comparison of some of the Labour leader’s remarks to those of Enoch Powell’s in the 1960s, ’Corbyn’s rivers of blood moment’, that’s the headline in the Mail. In its view, the real tragedy is the Labour leader doesn’t understand why the Jewish community is so outraged, he truly believes that neither he nor his party have done anything wrong. The Telegraph thinks Lord Sacks is not a man known for hyperbole, and these are extremely serious accusations.”


Twt: Sacks condemns Corbyn

this evening (tuesday 28th), 10.02-10.03pm, and 10.22-10.31pm, on bbc radio 4 (partly repeated at 12.01am on midnight news)
the world tonight (presented by chris mason) includes …

Labour has reacted angrily to allegations by the former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, that Jeremy Corbyn is anti-semitic. Lord Sacks also describes comments about a group of British Zionists made by Mr Corbyn before he became Labour leader as ’the most offensive by a senior British politician since Enoch Powell in the 1960s’.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom barton
• corbyn supporter michael segalov
jonathan goldstein, chairman of the jewish leadership council

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