Jessica Elgot
Jessica Elgot is Assistant News Editor at The Huffington Post UK, with a special interest in immigration, religion and extremism. She won the Wyn Harness Prize for Journalism in 2011. Previously, Jessica was a Senior Reporter for the Jewish Chronicle, the UK's oldest Jewish news paper and also reported for the Independent and i Paper. She continues to make regular appearances on BBC 5Live. She is an English Literature graduate of University of Nottingham and completed a Postgraduate degree at the University of Cardiff. Jessica can be reached at or on Twitter @jessicaelgot.

Entries by Jessica Elgot

David Ruffley MP Just Got Worst Type Of Support From Local Tory

(60) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (14:02)

UPDATE: David Ruffley is to stand down at the 2015 general election.

There is no reason why a man who assaults his girlfriend should not be an MP.

That's according to Bernard Sergeant, a senior member of the Bury St Edmunds Conservative Association, who said he...

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Insightful Government-Backed Advice For Couples Includes Making A Cup Of Tea

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (11:20)

A government-funded scheme advising couples to save their relationship by making make each other cups of tea, or occasionally meeting for lunch, has been criticised for the patronising tone of its "love nuggets".

The earth-shattering advice on the website includes putting your arms round each other, leaving notes to each...

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Anti-Jewish Attacks On The Rise In Britain During Israel-Gaza Offensive

(37) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (08:55)

As violent attacks against Jewish communities and businesses continue in Europe, antisemitic incidents are also on the rise in Britain, according to new figures.

The chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, John Mann MP, will instigate a parliamentary report into anti-Jewish violence which has emanated from a spillover...

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Registrars Could Be Given The Power To Stop Your Wedding In New 'Sham Marriage' Crackdown

(7) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (10:50)

Registrars could be given sweeping new powers to refuse to perform marriages they suspect to be "shams" raising fresh fears that genuine weddings could be disrupted.

It comes after the Huffington Post reported on Thursday that there is a wide a disconnect in the number of Home Office...

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Secret Cinema 'Back To The Future' Cancellation Has Really Pissed People Off

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (09:48)

It's not so hilarious for those who spent hundreds on tickets, travel, costumes and hotel rooms. But some of the reactions to the shambolic cancellation of Secret Cinema Back to the Future evening show some are seeing the funny side.

The first night of the Secret Cinema performance was called...

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MH17 Disaster Prompts Heartfelt Apology From Russian Newspaper Novaya Gazeta

(2) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (08:32)

One of Russia's leading newspapers has dedicated its front page to a moving apology to the Dutch people for the downing of MH17.

The full page picture on today's Novaya Gazeta is captioned: 'Vergeef ons, Nederland' - 'Forgive us, Netherlands' in Dutch, with the Russia translation below.


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Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Resigns, Leaving Parliament In Chaos

(13) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (16:11)

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation, according to local media.

“In connection with the breakup of the parliamentary coalition, as well as non-adoption of a number of important bills, I announce my resignation,” Yatsenyuk said in the Ukrainian parliament, the Rada.

Ukraine's ruling coalition is in disarray...

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Pope Francis' Moving Moment With Sudanese Mother Meriam Ibrahim, Who Faced Death For Her Faith

(14) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (15:47)

Pope Francis has met privately with the Sudanese woman who arrived in Italy after escaping a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith.

Tenderly blessing her with his palm on her forehead, the pontiff spoke to Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, who held her baby daughter...

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ISIS 'Orders Genital Mutilation Of 4 Million Iraqi Women And Girls'

(148) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (14:04)

Radical jihadists ISIS have apparently ordered the genital mutilation of up to four million women and girls in its occupied city of Mosul in northern Iraq, the UN has said.

But some experts say the fatwa, circulated on Twitter, could be a hoax from activists opposed to ISIS.

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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, Sudanese Mother Sentenced To Death, Safe At Last In Italy

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (12:11)

The Sudanese mother sentenced to death for her Christian faith whilst pregnant with her baby daughter is safe at last, arriving in Italy after spending more than a month living in the US embassy in Khartoum.

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, along with her husband and two children were met at Ciampino...

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Warning Home Office Could Be Raiding Genuine Weddings In Sham Marriage Panic

(21) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (17:33)

Hundreds of people could be having their genuine marriages disrupted by Home Office raids, exclusive new figures have revealed.

Tomorrow, the Commons' Home Affairs Committee is expected to call for even harsher clampdowns on the problem of so-called 'sham marriage industry', with more extensive powers for registrars.

But data...

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PalesTinder Project Shows How Israelis Respond To Tinder Messages From Palestinians

(7) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (15:25)

Can the magic of Tinder work across the West Bank separation wall? Could it lead to a love story as beautiful as Romeo and Juliet? Maybe, but probably not.

A group of Americans, some with dual Palestinian nationality working in the West Bank wanted to know what would happen if...

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Ukraine Rebels Shoot Down Another Two Jets As Donetsk Fighters Target Military Planes

(26) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (12:38)

Ukraine's defence ministry says two of its military fighter jets have been shot down in the east of the country, less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was destroyed by rebel fighters in the country's east.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters, referred to by NATO as 'Frogfoot', were shot...

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'I Thought It Was 1938' Israeli Ambassador's Fear Of Rising European Anti-Semitism

(3) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (12:38)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has given the go ahead for another pro-Palestinian demonstration tonight, after widespread condemnation that Paris had banned a march set for last weekend.

Extremist groups burned and vandalised Jewish shops and businesses in the Sarcelles suburb of Paris, with police fighting back demonstrators...

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Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans Gives Perfect Response To Horror Of MH17

(34) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (14:29)

Amid the recriminations and blame that has descended into a Cold War of words between Russia and the West over the downing of flight MH17, the victims have been robbed of their dignity, laid bare in this powerful speech by the Dutch Foreign Minister.

Pausing at times to contain his...

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As The BNP Leader Departs, Here Are 12 Times Nick Griffin Utterly Embarassed Himself

(6) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (13:10)

And so the political sphere bids farewell to Nick Griffin, the British National Party leader who occupied relatively meagre space, but shouted louder than most.

The resignation of the man who has been the face of the BNP for 14 years is the last in a catalogue of humiliations,...

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France's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue

(138) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (10:13)

France's politicians and community leaders have criticised the "intolerable" violence against Paris' Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city's Jewish residents....

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6 Theories Why Malaysia Airlines MH17 Was Likely Brought Down By Pro-Russia Rebels

(12) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (09:12)

Evidence is mounting that pro-Russia rebels were responsible for the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over the east of Ukraine yesterday, which killed all 298 people on board.

As well as now deleted posts on social media that apparently to take responsibility for the tragedy, leaked...

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Malaysia Airlines MH17 Flight Carried Up To 100 AIDS Researchers - 'The Cure For AIDS Could Have Been On That Plane'

(14) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (08:07)

As many as 100 of the world's most eminent AIDS researchers and experts may have been on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight, heading to a United Nations AIDS conference in Melbourne.

Trevor Stratton, an HIV/Aids consultant, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): “The cure for AIDS may have been on...

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Fragile Ceasefire Begins In Gaza, But Hamas Gunmen Make Break For The Border

(17) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (15:33)

Israel and Hamas' fragile five-hour "pause" in hostilities has been threatened as the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) said it had stopped an attack by 13 Gaza gunmen who had crossed into its territory.

Army spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner said the gunmen were 250 metres inside Israeli territory when they...

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