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

Black Friday Fights Across UK, As Discount Day Sends Brits Into Eye-Popping Consumerist Frenzy

(3) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (07:39)

Police have been called to dozens of UK supermarkets and stores as frantic shoppers fought the queues and each other to get some cut-price TVs or homewares on so-called 'Black Friday'.

Several major retail stores including Currys, Argos, PC World, Boots and Tesco Direct had their websites crash...

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Ed Balls Is More Afraid Of His Grade 4 Piano Exam Than His Autumn Statement Prep

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (20:48)

Ed Balls has revealed he is more daunted by a piano examination he is taking than next week's Autumn Statement, despite being criticised for his Commons performance after last year's mini-budget.

The shadow chancellor said sitting his grade four next Friday would be "far more stressful" than responding...

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EU Countries Must Share The Refugee Load Or Face Thousands More Dying, MEPs Warn

(22) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (14:54)

STRASBOURG — European countries must share the number of refugees that head for their shores, or face thousands more dying in the Mediterranean, EU politicians have warned.

The crises Syria and Libya has left Europe facing the highest number of desperate refugees since the Balkan War 20 years ago, MEPs...

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Congo's Dr Denis Mukwege, EU Human Rights Prizewinner, 'Worried' For Europe Over Anti-Immigration Rhetoric

(40) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (16:17)

STRASBOURG -- Rising anti-immigration rhetoric in Europe is a "worrying" trend that could lead to more discrimination, the Congolese winner of the European Union's most distinguished human rights award has said.

Gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege, a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who has treated more than 30,00 victims...

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Pope Francis Slams EU's 'Opulence' And 'Aloofness' In Historic Parliament Speech

(97) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (09:00)

STRASBOURG -- Pope Francis has attacked the European Union's "opulent" and "aloof" leadership and institutions in an extraordinary speech to the Strasbourg parliament, the first from the pontiff in more than a quarter of a decade.

The historic address, which accused politicians of treating citizens not with "dignity and transcendence"...

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Nancy Writebol, The Nurse Who Survived Ebola, Reveals Many Are Still Too Afraid To Shake Her Hand

(16) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (14:47)

She is a nurse with a deep and abiding Christian faith which drove her to spend almost a year in the midst of the Ebola epidemic, surviving both malaria and Ebola itself as she treated desperate patients. And for that, people often refuse to shake her hand.

Nancy Writebol, the...

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Guantanamo Campaign To Free Shaker Aamer Brings Giant Inflatable To Westminster

(1) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (11:52)

Politicians and celebrities have posed with a giant inflatable to support the last British man in Guantánamo, accusing governments of leaving Shaker Aamer to rot.

The 'We Stand With Shaker' campaign marks the 13th anniversary of the capture of 45-year-old Aamer, a father-of-four, who campaigners say had travelled...

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This Facebook Page Is Recruiting Volunteer Fighters To Take On Islamic State

(37) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (09:40)

At first glance, the Facebook page 'The Lions of Rojava' seems to be just one of thousands that has sprung up to support the Kurdish efforts against Islamic State in Syria.

But the images of the men in combat fatigues and holding rifles are not of locals. They are Westerners,...

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Christmas Wonderland 'The Magical Journey' Shuts After Parents Accuse It Of 'Ruining Christmas'

(47) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (21:41)

Better call in Changing Rooms. It looks like Christmas theme park.The Magical Journey in Warwickshire is in need of a makeover. Except it was actually created by TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in the first place.

The colourful interior designer has been accused of "ruining Christmas" for youngsters, with the park...

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Iran Just Freed Ghoncheh Ghavami, Brit Imprisoned For Watching Volleyball

(48) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (19:52)

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been released on bail, her family said.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was found guilty last month of "propagating against the ruling system" and received the custodial sentence.

She was detained in June at a...

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Westminster Paedo Ring Claims 'Tip Of The Iceberg', Says Theresa May

(45) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (17:56)

The allegations of child sex abuse at public institutions that have emerged so far are just the "tip of the iceberg", Theresa May has warned.

The Home Secretary said it was crucial for society to "get to the truth" of what happened in the 1970s and 1980s.


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Police Deny Any Attempt To Shut Down Far Right Britain First Conference

(120) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (15:40)

The far-right group Britain First have claimed that police "shut down" their first annual conference in Kent, but police have denied any interference, claiming they were called in response to a disturbance and did not attempt to halt the event.

Police were called at around 2.20pm to the...

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British Army Veteran Amongst Fighters Joining Kurds To Fight Islamic State In Syria

(126) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (14:02)

A British army veteran is one of several Britons who has travelled to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State, according to Facebook posts.

The Observer reported that one of the growing number of Europeans in Syria fighting with the Kurdish YPG forces is a former Afghanistan infantryman with...

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We Are The 85%: #NotVotingUkip Goes Viral After Ukip Rochester Win

(157) Comments | Posted 21 November 2014 | (17:46)

An anti-Ukip Twitter campaign has gone viral as social media users warned other voters not to let the Eurosceptic party "sleepwalk" into holding the balance of power.

The 'We Are The 85%' meme, referencing how Ukip hold 15% of the national vote in latest polling, came as Tory...

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Labour's Emily Thornberry's 'White Van' Tweet From Rochester Is A PR Nightmare

(169) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (17:17)

A senior shadow minister has been accused of showing "utter contempt" for patriotism and the working class by tweeting a mocking picture of a St George Cross flag on a Rochester home, just hours before polls close in a crucial by-election.

Labour MP for Islington South Emily Thornberry posted the...

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British Synagogues Urged To Beef Up Security After Jerusalem Murders

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (13:10)

British synagogues have been warned they must beef up security measures in the wake of a bloody axe attack on a Jerusalem synagogue by Palestinian assailants which left five dead, and the stabbing of an Orthodox Jewish man in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Community Security Trust, which monitors antisemitism...

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Uber Apologises After Exec Boasts Of Ability To 'Target' Journalists In Epic PR Disaster

(1) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (15:31)

The chief executive of taxi app Uber has made an unprecedented 14-tweet-long apology after a senior member of his staff was caught saying he wanted to hire investigators to target critical journalists, and could access private journey details to use against them.

The San Francisco-based company, which claims...

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Food Bank Demand Driven By Cuts And Sanctions To Benefits, New Report Finds

(14) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (10:59)

More than half of people driven by acute poverty to apply for emergency food aid are there because of delays, sudden cuts or sanctions imposed on welfare payments, according to new research

The Trussell Trust's findings are a direct challenge to the coalition government's insistence that the meteoric rise in...

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8 Reasons Why The Peter Kassig Islamic State Video Is A Game-Changer

(13) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (15:52)

The news that Islamic State (IS) had killed another hard-working, inspirational and beloved aid worker in a slick propaganda film was depressing in its familiarity.

But the film released by IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL, on Thursday morning was markedly different. More than quarter-of-an-hour...

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Is Cardiff Medical Student Nasser Muthana Jihad John's Islamic State 'Apprentice'?

(13) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (10:43)

A Cardiff medical student, who previously featured on a propaganda video for Islamic State, is believed to be one of the men standing with 'Jihadi John' as 18 captured Syrian soldiers are beheaded.

Nasser Muthana, 20, is reportedly to be among the radical jihadists seen prior to the...

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