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

Mystery Man Caught Peering From Behind David Cameron's Door Has Everyone Spooked

(31) Comments | Posted 24 March 2015 | (08:53)

Yes, the real story is how David Cameron won't serve a third term if he gets re-elected. Or the Camerons' £45 fondue set (surely a gift!?!).

But it's the mystery man caught peering around a door behind Samantha Cameron during the PM's interview with the BBC's...

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David Cameron Third Term Was 'Statement Of Bleeding Obvious', Says Michael Gove

(169) Comments | Posted 24 March 2015 | (07:29)

David Cameron faced Labour claims of arrogance after declaring that he would not seek a third term in office just weeks before voters go to the polls in a general election that will decide if he gets a second.

Critics like Alastair Campbell suggested that by...

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Barack Obama's Veiled Threats To Benjamin Netanyahu Could Shape Israel's Next Coalition Government

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (11:12)

Benjamin Netanyahu has secured enough support to build a coalition government, though he may yet extend an offer of collaboration to his left-wing opponent after Barack Obama indicated in an interview with the Huffington Post that the US would find it "difficult" to back a hard...

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Afzal Amin's Bizarre Defensive Rant Includes Quoting Rudyard Kipling

(28) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (10:35)

A suspended Tory candidate embroiled in a row over using a "stage-managed" English Defence League protest to boost his election chances has mounted a bizarre defence of his actions, including quoting passages from Rudyard Kipling.

Afzal Amin is accused of scheming with the EDL to announce an inflammatory...

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Scottish Independence Investigation Finds Public Money Used For 'Partisan' Purposes

(78) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (07:48)

Civil servants in Westminster and Edinburgh may have been biased in their dealings with the Scottish referendum, a damning report from a committee of MPs has said, with Scotland's Alex Salmond now calling for the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury to resign.

Both the use of public money and the...

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Ashya King's Parents Say Son's Brain Cancer Was Cured By Proton Therapy Which NHS Denied

(75) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (07:25)

Ashya King's life was saved because he was given treatment not available for him on the NHS, his parents have alleged.

The five-year-old's family have told of his "miracle" recovery, as the centre where he was treated declared him cancer-free, The Sun reported.

Ashya's mother Naghmeh,...

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Huffington Post Meets President Barack Obama: On Netanyahu, Iran, Ebola And Getting Enough Sleep

(43) Comments | Posted 22 March 2015 | (01:25)

President Obama has said Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments about Arabs could threaten to "erode the meaning of democracy" in the country, in a revealing interview with The Huffington Post at the White House.

In an exclusive sit-down with White House correspondent Sam Stein, the...

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Bahrain Prince Nasser's London Instagram Selfie Leads To Calls For Arrest

(119) Comments | Posted 21 March 2015 | (10:26)

A Bahraini prince who Instagrammed a selfie of him running alongside the trumpeting Household Cavalry in Hyde Park this week should be arrested while he remains in the UK, according to human rights activists who accuse him of torture.

Bahraini human rights groups handed a dossier to the Metropolitan Police...

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David Cameron Just Compared Himself To Tom Cruise In Mission Impossible

(41) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (14:36)

David Cameron believes he will prevail in the rewriting EU treaties just like "Tom Cruise", as the president of the European Council Donald Tusk said Conservatives' task was "close to Mission Impossible.

Undeterred by the warning of the Polish EC president about redrafting agreements...

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Sun Journalists Not Guilty Of Paying Officials For Prince Harry, Defence Ministry Scoops

(4) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (12:11)

The Met's multimillion-pound Operation Elveden received yet another blow on Friday, as four senior Sun journalists were cleared of paying public officials for scoops, including titbits on the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

So far, just one News of the World reporter, who cannot be named for legal reasons,...

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Friday Eclipse Proves The Sun Is Heating The Earth, Say Ukip's Roger Helmer

(97) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (10:35)

Roger Helmer hasn't always demonstrated an iron grip of scientific concepts. But he's got this one just about bang on.

The Ukip MEP was just as mesmerised by the gloomy wonder of the solar eclipse as the rest of the country.

And it was then that he had a moment...

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Solar Eclipse: Could Bad Weather Cloud Our View Of The Sun?

(7) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (07:23)

A near-total eclipse of the sun is set to thrill or disappoint millions today, depending on luck and the fickle British weather.

Forecasters believe that Lincolnshire and the Midlands through to southern parts of Wales might be treated to the best celestial show as the moon moves in front of...

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British Tunisia Museum Shooting Victim Named As Sally Adey

(17) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (11:09)

British woman Sally Adey was killed in the terror attack in Tunisia, according to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, one of two Britons "caught up" in the shootings in capital Tunis yesterday.

The confirmation of the British woman's death, initially reported by the Tunisian health ministry, came as MSC...

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Twin Arrested In Ankara 'Attempting To Join ISIS' Could Have Used 'Non-Muslim' Sister's Passport

(2) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (09:44)

One of these identical twins is a fun-loving fan of Jessie J. The other twin, a teen convert to Islam, has apparently flown to Turkey to attempt to join Islamic State in Syria.

Convert Jamila Henry, 21, was arrested this week in Turkey, but it is alleged she...

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Israel's 2015 Elections Could Be The Most Remarkable In A Generation

(23) Comments | Posted 16 March 2015 | (09:44)

With the deafening applause for Benjamin Netanyahu ringing through the United States Congress this month, outsiders could be forgiven for thinking that the Israel's defiant prime minister had tomorrow's election sewn up.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Despite the Likud leader's devastating but popular summer...

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Grant Shapps, AKA Michael Green, Admits He 'Over Firmly' Denied His 'Get-Rich-Quick' Second Job

(116) Comments | Posted 16 March 2015 | (08:36)

Tory chairman Grant Shapps has been forced to admit that he did work as a "get rich quick" web marketer under the pseudonym "Michael Green" after entering parliament - after a cringe-worthy audio was revealed of him talking about his "Stinking Rich" venture.

Shapps told the...

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Chilling CCTV Images Emerge From Nun Gang Rape In India

(37) Comments | Posted 15 March 2015 | (15:44)

These are the first chilling images of the alleged perpetrators of a chilling gang rape of a septuagenarian nun at a convent school in India.

The 71-year-old woman, who was the oldest nun at the school, was gang-raped by a group of bandits Saturday when she...

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Syria-Bound British Teen Trio Detained By Turkish Police

(171) Comments | Posted 15 March 2015 | (14:24)

Three British teenagers who are believed to have been travelling to Syria were detained by officials in Turkey, police said.

The trio, a man of 19 and two boys aged 17, from north west London, are back in the UK and are being held at a central London police station...

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Ed Balls Just Spectacularly Ambushed George Osborne On Marr Over Chancellors' Debates

(127) Comments | Posted 15 March 2015 | (10:40)

In one of the best ambushes on live television of this election camapaign, Ed Balls has challenged George Osborne to a head-to-head debate of the potential chancellors - with the Chancellor awkwardly shaking hands with his opponent.

The senior Labour MP thrust out his hand to the Chancellor during television...

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Ed Balls Won't Rule Out SNP Coalition

(23) Comments | Posted 15 March 2015 | (10:12)

Ed Balls has repeatedly refused to rule out Labour striking a post-election coalition deal with the SNP, but said the Opposition has "no plans, no need, no desire" for a pact.

Balls insisted he did not want to get involved in speculation about post-election deals after...

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