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

The Secret Gardens Of Syria's Refugee Camps

(3) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (15:07)

The tales from Syria's refugee camps are mostly of horror, poverty, trauma and distress. But in Jordan's Za’atari camp, there are some green shoots of hope.

Save the Children is providing some of the camp's 80,000 refugees with gardening and landscaping lessons, teaching children in Za’atari as a form...

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We Should Help 'Frightened, Disillusioned' Jihadis Come Home From Syria, Says Hostage Expert Rachel Briggs

(268) Comments | Posted 27 October 2014 | (17:20)

Britain should set up an amnesty for disillusioned and frightened British jihadis who want to come home, a senior diplomatic expert has said, as more reports emerged of "stranded" Brits desperate to leave Islamic State or other radical groups.

Up to 100 are believed to be currently stranded in Turkey,...

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Heartbreaking Final Letter Of Hanged Young Iranian Woman Reyhaneh Jabbari

(330) Comments | Posted 26 October 2014 | (15:39)

The young interior designer hanged yesterday in Iran for killing the man she claimed was trying to rape her sent a moving final letter to her mother, asking her to make sure she had her organs donated after her death.

The heartbreaking letter, written in April but

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Ryanair Passenger Arrested After 'Threatening To Take Down Plane'

(0) Comments | Posted 26 October 2014 | (14:24)

A 'drunk' passenger claimed he had bombs, threatened to 'take down' the Ryanair flight and threw lit cigarettes at fellow fliers, only restrained by several men who tackled him to the ground, according to horrified witnesses.

Passengers on the budget flight from Malaga to East Midlands airport described their terror...

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Ebola Has Infected More Than 10,000 People, WHO Says

(12) Comments | Posted 25 October 2014 | (15:12)

The Ebola epidemic has infected 10,000 people, according to figures from the World Health Organisation, and the outbreak is showing no signs of stopping its spread

Of those cases, 4,922 people have died of the virus, which causes internal bleeding and high fever.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is...

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Iran's Execution Of Young Woman Reyhaneh Jabbari Is 'Bloody Stain' On Nation, Says Amnesty

(160) Comments | Posted 25 October 2014 | (14:20)

This is the moment that an Iranian mother weeps as she learns her young daughter has been hung for the murder of the man she said was trying to rape her.

Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old interior designer, was sent down to the gallows and hanged at dawn for premeditated murder,...

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Canadian Parliament Shooting, Soldier Down, Gunmen Rumoured To Be Inside Building

(27) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (15:47)

UPDATE FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS: Police are expanding a security perimeter in the heart of the national capital after a gunman opened fire and wounded a soldier at the National War Memorial before injuring a security guard on Parliament Hill, where he was reportedly shot dead by Parliament's sergeant-at-arms.


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Green Party Surges Past Lib Dems In Latest Poll

(157) Comments | Posted 20 October 2014 | (20:51)

The Greens have overtaken the Liberal Democrats for the first time in a decade, in the latest poll which is certain to fuel calls for the party to be included in TV debates.

Research for Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft put the party on a new high of 8%...

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#WaterstonesTexan David Willis Planned To Read London Guide Book If He Was Trapped All Night

(5) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (15:20)

The question on everyone's lips since the #WaterstonesTexan, tourist David Willis, got stuck late at night in a central London bookstore is - what was he reading?

Speaking to the Huffington Post, as he recovered from both being imprisoned and becoming a Twitter celebrity, Willis revealed he actually did have...

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Islamic State May Have Fighter Jets Now After Seizing Russian-Made MiGs

(48) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (14:26)

The Islamic State group may in possession of up to three warplanes, with former military pilots training its fighters to use the jets in battle, it has been claimed.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the militant group has Russian-made MiG 21 and...

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Christian Mother Asia Bibi Sentenced To Hang In Pakistan For 'Insulting Prophet'

(271) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (13:31)

A Christian mother-of-five has been sentenced to hang for blasphemy in Pakistan after a squabble with her work colleagues over a drink of water.

The Lahore High Court today rejected the appeal against the death sentence imposed on Asia Bibi, who was alleged to have made derogatory remarks about the...

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#WaterstonesTexan David Willis Could Have Read These While He Was Locked In Book Store

(3) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (11:53)

Mystery still surrounds the two hours that Texan tourist David Willis spent locked in Waterstones in Trafalgar Square.

Though we know that the tweeter was "pleased to be free", we don't know the most important thing - what did he read? Or did he just build a...

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British Hostage John Cantlie Appears In New Propaganda Film, Talks Of 'Gulf War III'

(7) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (08:14)

The Islamic State have released yet another propaganda film featuring the kidnapped journalist John Cantlie.

Cantlie appeared in the film wearing the same Guantanamo Bay-style orange jumpsuit as in the previous footage.

In the latest video, which appeared on YouTube but was later deleted, Cantlie, speaking under apparent duress, warns...

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#WaterstonesTexan Gets Stuck inside Trafalgar Square Bookstore, Creates Twitter Storm

(20) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (07:09)

Meet David Willis, from Dallas Texas. Last night, he basically got to live the dream, by getting locked in Waterstones, Trafalgar Square.

Did he settle himself down with Richard Flanagan's Booker prize winner? Or use the time to find out what all the fuss was about with Gone Girl?...

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Islamic State Actually Has More Support In Britain Than In Arab Nations

(105) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (12:29)

The Islamic State group has substantially less support in Arab nations than it does in European countries, including Britain, according to a new report into attitudes towards the brutal jihadist group.

The Syria and Iraq-based group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, enjoys practically no popularity in Egypt, Lebanon, or...

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David Cameron To Demand EU Immigration Red Lines In Face Of Ukip Threat

(337) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (10:51)

David Cameron is set to demand tough curbs on European immigration as a "red line" ultimatum for Britain staying the European Union, sparking accusations from his deputy that the Tories were in a "blind panic" about Ukip.

Cameron is said to have promised backbenchers a "big bang announcement", with the...

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Ebola Is Spreading Because We Don't Care About Poor People, Says Bob Geldof

(18) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (09:41)

Sir Bob Geldof has hit out at the drastic gulf in resources, wealth and medical capabilities when it comes to tackling Ebola in west Africa and in the West, declaring that almost 9,000 people have "died because they are poor."

Speaking at the One Young World summit in Dublin, Geldof...

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Edward Snowden's Romantic Ballet Date Proves Life Isn't All Bad For Whistleblowers

(17) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (16:14)

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, is currently serving 35 years in prison. Mordechai Vanunu, who leaked details of Israel's nuclear weapons, served 18 years and still has his movement restricted. Julian Assange may never leave the Ecuadorian embassy. And, though not comparable in...

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Islamic State's Frightening New Enemies - Dutch Biker Gangs

(31) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (12:29)

Fighters of Islamic State - you best be afraid. Because reinforcements are heading to the frontline in Syria, and they look like Vin Diesel's social conscience.

Meet Ron, he's just one of a number of Dutch bikers from the 'No Surrender' gang who saddled up his motor, swapped his leathers...

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Ched Evans Furore Widens As Daily Mail's Sarah Vine Claims 'Some Rapes Are Worse Than Others'

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (08:56)

The controversy over the footballing return of convicted rapist Ched Evans to Sheffield United has engulfed social media and the British tabloids today, with one Daily Mail columnist asserting "some rapes are worse than others".

The comments come as it emerged that the woman raped by Evans, who...

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