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Tory Party Chairman 'delighted' over Boris MP hope

The Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has said that he is "delighted" that London Mayor Boris Johnson hopes to return to Parliament as an MP.


Served with Boris in parliament when he was last an MP and I'm delighted that he now hopes to return



Praise and criticism at news Boris may run to be an MP

There has been both praise and criticism over news London Mayor Boris Johnson will "probably" run to be an MP in the 2015 General Election.


Interesting and excellent news that @mayoroflondon wants to rejoin the Commons and stand as an MP next year!


Boris Johnson is already a part-time mayor, now will be even more of one. Always cared more about his ambitions than #London's problems.


David Cameron: 'Great news' that Boris plans to stand

David Cameron has tweeted that it is "great news" that one of his "star players" Boris Johnson plans to run for Parliament in 2015.


Great news that Boris plans to stand at next year's general election - I've always said I want my star players on the pitch.


Boris 'will remain as Mayor of London until 2016'

Boris Johnson says that although he is likely to run for Parliament in next year's general election, he still intends to serve out his term as Mayor of London until its end in 2016.

Mr Johnson made the remarks at a speech in London this morning where he said he would "in all probability" try to run for Parliament next year.

Read: Boris will try to find 2015 seat 'in all probability'


Boris Johnson says he will try to get elected as MP


London mayor Boris Johnson confirms he will try to get elected as an MP at next year's general election. @itvlondon


Boris on his political future: I can't endlessly go on dodging these questions.@itvlondon

London theatre refuses to host Jewish Film Festival

The Tricycle Theatre
The Tricycle has offered to use its own resources to replace funding from the Israeli Embassy Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival while it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy amid the ongoing crisis in Gaza. The Tricycle Theatre in London, which has hosted the festival for the past eight years, had been due to screen at least 26 films as part of the event in November.

But Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle, said the festival should not accept funding from "any party to the current conflict" between Israel and Palestinians. She said the theatre offered to use funding from its own resources to replace the festival's sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy in London. But the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) said the Tricycle's demands were "entirely unacceptable" and it was taking its screenings elsewhere.

"The Jewish community as a whole has enjoyed a successful relationship with the Tricycle and it is extremely saddening that they should look to politicise this festival by making demands that the UKJFF could never accept."

– Stephen Margolis, chairman of the UKJFF

"We have always sought to convey a wide perspective on the conflicts in the Middle East and initiate open dialogue with our audiences and guest speakers, and the Israeli Embassy have always supported us in this. The Tricycle have refused to take this into account in their decision."

– Judy Ironside, executive director of the UKJFF

"The Tricycle has always welcomed the festival and wants it to go ahead. We have proudly hosted the UK Jewish Film Festival for many years. We asked the UK Jewish Film Festival to reconsider its sponsorship by the Israeli Embassy. We also offered to replace that funding with money from our own resources. We regret that, following discussions, the chair of the UKJFF told us that he wished to withdraw the festival from the Tricycle. To be clear, at this moment, the Tricycle would not accept sponsorship from any government agency involved in the conflict. We hope to find a way to work with the UK Jewish Film Festival to allow the festival to go ahead at the Tricycle as it has done so successfully for the past eight years."

– Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the Tricycle
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