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

Britain Must Work With Syria's Assad To Defeat Islamic State, Says Former Defence Chief

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2014 | (09:23)

Britain should not be "squeamish" about an alliance with Syrian President Bashar Assad to defeat the radical jihadists of Islamic State (IS), former known as ISIS, according to both a former defence secretary and the ex-head of the armed forces.

But Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has ruled out allying with...

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Islamic State Recruits Are Young, Angry And Rebellious, But Are They Actually Religious?

(53) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (15:03)

If you were to assemble a clichéd prototype of a British fighter for the Islamic State, what would they look like? They'd be young, looking for a way to rebel, maybe with family in places the West has intervened, like Iraq, Gaza or Afghanistan.

He, for it is almost...

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Hamas 'Admits' It Kidnapped Israeli Teens, The Murder Which Escalated The Conflict

(32) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (13:37)

A senior member of Hamas has appeared to admit the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers was carried out by his organisation.

The murder of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, whose bodies were found more than a fortnight after they disappeared while hitch-hiking home to West Bank...

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Islamic State's Latest Chilling Video Shows Scores Of Captured Yazidis 'Converting'

(9) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (12:04)

The Islamic State has posted chilling new video purporting to show captured Yazidis converting to Islam, under the black flag of the militant group.

The video was posted less than 24 hours after IS distributed a video showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, which caused shockwaves around the...

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Islamic State: 10 Things We Know About James Foley's Left-Handed 'British' Killer

(574) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (08:42)

As horror turned to anger at the callous murder of US journalist James Foley, intelligence services are compiling information on his killer, who is believed to be a British jihadi.

Early clues from the gruesome footage suggest that the Islamic State (IS) extremist - referred to in the video as...

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Islamic State Beheading Video Watchers Get Arrest Warning From Met Police

(196) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (16:08)

The Metropolitan Police have issued an extraordinary warning today that anyone viewing or sharing a graphic video of the beheading of a US journalist may be liable for arrest.

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Scotland Yard said they were examining the video, which shows the murder of freelancer James...

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James Foley Knew The Risks In Syria, But He Had A Story To Tell, Brother Michael Says

(17) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (10:33)

James Foley, the US journalist who was beheaded by ISIS jihadists, was one of the region's most experienced correspondents in reporting from hostile environments. If anyone knew the risks, it was him.

It was something his family had come to terms with, though it never stopped them worrying...

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Israeli Interfaith Wedding Between Muslim And Jewish Convert Sparks Protest

(13) Comments | Posted 18 August 2014 | (13:55)

Four far-right demonstrators have been arrested after they staged a violent demonstration outside the wedding of a Israeli Muslim man and his bride, a Jewish convert to Islam.

Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malka were given armed guards for their wedding in Rishon Letzion, eight kilometers south of Tel Aviv. The...

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'Gypsies, Tramps, And Thieves' How The Press Demonised Romanians

(132) Comments | Posted 18 August 2014 | (12:21)

British newspapers demonised Romanians as "gypsies, tramps and thieves" but insulted Bulgarians far less in the year preceeding the lifting of EU working restrictions.

Romanians were repeatedly associated with criminal wrongdoing by the press, but Bulgarians were not, according to a new report by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory which looked...

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Travelodge Has Made A Decision To Remove Bibles That Could Really Upset Christians

(511) Comments | Posted 16 August 2014 | (15:05)

Travelodge has decided to remove all of the Bibles from its hotel rooms because having a Christian book does not reflect Britain's "multicultural society".

The 500-strong hotel chain said it had received no complaints about the Bibles, donated by the Gideon Society, but had decided to keep Bibles behind the...

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Jewish Chronicle Apologises After Readers Object To Gaza DEC Appeal Advert

(27) Comments | Posted 16 August 2014 | (13:51)

The Jewish Chronicle has been forced to apologise for running a humanitarian advert for the DEC Gaza appeal, after readers strongly objected to the promotion in the paper.

The JC, which is the country's oldest and most influential Jewish paper, made the apology in a post on Facebook where it...

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter Account Was Hacked

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2014 | (08:35)

It turns out Dmitry Medvedev isn't quitting. But he might want to change his Twitter password.

A flurry of tweets from the official account of the prime minister of Russia confused reporters early on Thursday with the announcement that he was resigning over President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine.


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Romanian Immigration Is Up - But Ukip's Prediction Was Off By A Pretty Long Way

(45) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (14:01)

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to the UK has increased by 13,000 since labour restrictions were lifted in January, but analysts say the figures still prove that "scaremongering" Ukip overestimated its projections by nearly 20 times.

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians employed between April and June rose...

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Ukip MEP Louise Bours Wants To Bring Back The Death Penalty

(83) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (11:38)

An outspoken Ukip MEP has used the 50th anniversary of Britain’s last execution to call for a referendum on the death penalty.

Louise Bours, a national spokesperson for the party and touted as one of its new "media faces," said the British public would back the reintroduction of...

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Mental Health Campaigners Warn Robin Williams 'Genie' Tweet Glorifies Suicide

(17) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (10:07)

It is a powerful and deeply moving image of one of Robin Williams' most beloved characters, the genie embracing Aladdin as he is finally given his freedom, in front of a backdrop of a thousand shining stars.

And it was chosen by the Academy, and by actress Evan Rachel Wood,...

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Iraqi Helicopter Crashes On Mount Sinjar As Desperate Refugees Swamp Chopper

(9) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (08:00)

An Iraqi military helicopter crashed during an aid flight on Tuesday night, swamped by desperate refugees trying to clamber aboard on Mount Sinjar.

The MI-17 helicopter was delivering aid to Yazidis when it crashed, killing its pilot and injuring several others on board. At least three Western journalists were onboard,...

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John Major Praises 'Guts And Drive' Of Immigrants, And Says They Have 'Very Conservative Instinct'

(282) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (07:37)

Sir John Major has praised the "very Conservative instinct" of immigrants come to Britain to "better themselves and their families".

In an apparent snub to David Cameron, the former Conservative Prime Minister said it was admirable that people coming to the UK had the "guts and the drive" to travel...

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Dramatic Moment News Reporter Hauls Iraqi Refugees Aboard Fleeing Helicopter (VIDEO)

(45) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (13:11)

This is the incredible moment a TV reporter casts aside his professional veneer to help desperate Yazidi refugees climb aboard a helicopter fleeing the mountain where thousands of the Iraqi sect are besieged by Islamic State fighters.

Jonathan Rugman, foreign affairs correspondent for Channel 4 News, was on...

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Experimental Ebola Treatment Sent To Liberia As Spanish Priest Dies Of Virus

(6) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (08:38)

Fears have been raised over the distribution of an experimental Ebola drug after a Spanish priest, believed to have been treated with the serum, succumbed to the virus, becoming the first European death.

The development comes just hours after it was announced two Liberian doctors who contracted Ebola will given...

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Iraq's President Announces New Prime Minister Dr Haider Al-Abadi, But Nour Al-Maliki Won't Quit

(18) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (14:32)

Iraq plunged further into political as well as military crisis on Monday as the country's president appointed the little-known deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament as the new head of government, in defiance of current Prime Minister Noori Al-Maliki.

Dr Haider Al-Abadi, previously a spokesman for Al-Maliki, has been appointed...

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