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

Who Is Boris Nemtsov? 19 Things You Need To Know About The Murdered Putin Opponent

(5) Comments | Posted 28 February 2015 | (14:55)

The murder of Boris Nemtsov, Russia's most high-profile and charismatic opposition leader has sent shockwaves across Russia, and drawn condemnation from across the world.

Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Garry Kasparov were among those who called for a through investigation into the killing of one of...

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Newcastle Unites Against Anti-Islam Pegida Demonstration

(163) Comments | Posted 28 February 2015 | (12:06)

More than 2,000 people have rallied in Newcastle, under the banner of 'Newcastle Unites', to oppose the first demonstration in Britain by a controversial anti-Islam group which allied itself with the German Pegida movement.

Five people have been arrested by Northumbria Police, though it was not clear from which side....

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CAGE Charities And Former Teachers Quizzed Over 'Jihad John' Mohammed Emwazi

(31) Comments | Posted 28 February 2015 | (09:43)

Schoolteachers of the Islamic State militant 'Jihad John' have revealed he received 'anger therapy at school, and also confirmed that MI5 had visited staff at Quintin Kynaston Academy on Thursday.

The teacher, who remained anonymous, told BBC's Newsnight that Mohammed Emwazi had received anger therapy to help him control his...

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Putin's Foe Boris Nemtsov Gunned Down Outside Kremlin, Days After Family Predicted His Murder

(186) Comments | Posted 28 February 2015 | (08:38)

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.

The death of Nemtsov, a 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, ignited a fury among opposition figures who called the...

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#TheDress Is White And Gold, Not Blue And Black, Says Ed Miliband

(9) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (15:10)

Stop the presses. The leader of the opposition has spoken on a subject far more important to us (for the last 24 hours) than poverty, immigration, the NHS - and definitely than tuition fees.

This, quite frankly, was what the people wanted to know.

Outing himself as a...

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Mark Reckless Says Ukip Is The Party Of The NHS

(78) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (14:19)

Ukip will not grow unless it can shake off the taint of xenophobia and demonstrate it is the "party of the NHS", one of its MPs has insisted.

Mark Reckless, who won a by-election in Rochester and Strood after defecting from the Tories, said currently voters...

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7 Times CAGE Representatives Tried To Blame Britain For Jihadi John

(59) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (11:30)

The advocacy group CAGE has drawn staunch criticism for attempting to pin the blame for the radicalisation of 'Jihadi John' Mohammed Emwazi on the British security services, as it emerged that one of the organisation's leaders had himself called for holy war.

In a 2006 video...

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How Did Jihadi John Mohammed Emwazi Slip Away To Syria If He Was Known To MI5?

(68) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (07:26)

Family members have called for justice after the outing of murderous extremist Jihadi John as Mohammed Emwazi, as medics who knew him in Syria described him as one of the terror group's top fighters.

Jihadi John rose to notoriety after he first appeared in a video posted online...

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Mohammed Emwazi, Jihadi John Suspect, Described As 'Beautiful Young Man' In Farcical Press Conference

(219) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (15:51)

Mohammed Emwazi, the Londoner identified in reports as Islamic State executioner 'Jihadi John', has been described as "extremely kind" and "extremely gentle" in a bizarre press conference which appeared to solely blame UK security services.

Asim Qureshi, a director with British advocacy group CAGE - which claims Emwazi...

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Mohammed Emwazi Revealed As Jihad John: What We Know About Islamic State's Most Wanted Man

(53) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (13:29)

British university graduate Mohammed Emwazi has been outed as the brutal murderer featuring is a series of slick Islamic State videos.

His victims include the US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, US aid worker Peter Kassig and Japanese journalist...

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Jihadi John Named As Mohammed Emwazi, British Man From West London

(476) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (10:53)

Islamic State murderer 'Jihadi John' has been outed as Mohammed Emwazi, a British university graduate from West London.

The Washington Post reports that 27-year-old Emwazi was born in Kuwait, came from a well-off middle class family and was a graduate of the University of Westminster with a degree...

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Immigration Rises 'Significantly' Again, ONS Figures Reveal, Despite Government's Promise To Slash Numbers

(215) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (08:52)

Immigration is at its highest level since 2005, according to damning new statistics which are set to take centre stage in the Conservatives' battle with the eurosceptic Ukip in the final weeks leading up to the general election.

UPDATE: Watch The Immigration...
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Ed Balls Gives Cringeworthy Sex Life Interview On LBC

(34) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (07:13)

In what might be the most cringeworthy LBC interview in, well, recent days, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls described himself as a "long slow burn" in bed and giggled as he speculated about the Mayor of London's sexual prowess.

Balls was asked about a Mumsnet...

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Amina Ali, Labour's Bradford West Candidate To Take On George Galloway, Has Just Resigned

(116) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (14:42)

Amina Ali, Labour British-Somali candidate selected to take on George Galloway in the key seat of Bradford West, has resigned her candidacy after just 72 hours, fueling rumours of backroom deals and a feud between Labour head office and the local branch.

Ali, the chair and founder of...

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Reddit And Google Blooger To Ban 'Non Consensual' Nude Images

(2) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (08:45)

Reddit and Google Blogger are to ban all photos and video content taken without the explicit consent of the person in the image, cracking down on so-called revenge porn and the hacked photos of nude celebrities which Jennifer Lawrence called a "sex crime".


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Schoolgirl Denies 'Grooming' Teacher Stuart Kerner, And Says She Regrets Trial More Than The Affair

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (07:41)

The schoolgirl accused by a judge of "grooming" a religious studies teacher into having sex has said she regrets the trial more than the affair.

Stuart Kerner, 44, was handed a suspended 18-month sentence by Judge Joanna Greenberg QC, sitting at Inner London Crown Court, who said it...

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Labour To Force House Of Commons Second Jobs Vote After Rifkind And Straw Cash For Access Scandal

(108) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (07:18)

Labour hopes to embarrass David Cameron over the cash-for-access scandal by forcing a House of Commons vote on Ed Miliband's proposal to ban MPs from holding paid directorships or consultancies.

The vote comes a day after former Conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind stepped down as...

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General Election 2015: Leaders TV Debates Date Set - But Will David Cameron Be There?

(26) Comments | Posted 23 February 2015 | (18:17)

David Cameron and Ed Miliband will be pitched in a head-to-head live televised debate exactly a week before the May 7 general election, if the TV showdowns go ahead, it has been announced.

Britain's four major broadcasters announced the order...

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Andy Coulson, Ex- Tory Spinner And News Of The World Boss, To Face Trial Days Before May Election

(1) Comments | Posted 23 February 2015 | (17:52)

Former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson is expected to face trial in Scotland on a perjury charge. just a little over a fortnight before the May general election.

The 47-year-old is accused of committing perjury in the 2010 trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan.

In a hearing at...

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Oscars 2015: Edward Snowden's Girlfriend Lindsay Mills At The Academy Awards To Collect 'CitzenFour' Gong

(6) Comments | Posted 23 February 2015 | (14:49)

Standing beaming next to journalist Glenn Greenwald on the Oscar podium, in a stunning Nha Khanh dress, was a brave woman who looked a little familiar.

She is Lindsay Mills, the girlfriend of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who spends much of her time living with him...

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