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

How Brown Moses Lifts The Lid On The World's Biggest Stories From His Leicester Living Room

(25) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (13:55)

For most people who caught a glimpse of the harrowing video where journalist James Foley knelt on a barren, windswept hill next to the Islamic State militant who would behead him, the landscape looked bleak and anonymous.

With no buildings or trees at first glance and a backdrop of just...

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Steven Sotloff's Mother Begs Islamic State 'Caliph' To Free Her Son

(4) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (13:28)

The mother of a TIME journalist whose life was been threatened by his Islamic State captives has made a heartwrenching plea for her son's return.

Steven Sotloff, who had freelanced for a number of publications, was shown on camera during the beheading of James Foley, with a warning he would...

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Immigration Rise Means Targets 'Should Be Put Out Of Their Misery'

(87) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (11:41)

David Cameron's dogged attempts to slash net migration have been dealt another blow as official figures revealed that figure rose to 243,000 in the year to March, a "statistically significant increase".

The new Office of National Statistics figures suggest the government should now drop their "now meaningless" pledge to reduce...

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Muslims And Jews Issue Unprecedented Joint Call For Peace In Middle East, And In Britain

(99) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (08:40)

Britain's most senior Jewish and Muslim representatives have issued an unprecedented joint call for peace in the Middle East and harmony amongst the UK's religious communities.

The statement itself, issued by the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD), and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), did not come together...

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This Is Everything We Know About Where In Syria IS Beheaded James Foley

(22) Comments | Posted 25 August 2014 | (12:11)

A video and photo analyst from Leicester believes he has pinpointed the exact location of the beheading of journalist James Foley, based on exhaustive analysis of the background in the gruesome video posted by Islamic State jihadists.

Eliot Higgins, who recently successfully crowdfunded citizen and investigative journalism site...

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US Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, Held Captive In Syria, Is Released By Jabhat al-Nusra Militants

(6) Comments | Posted 24 August 2014 | (21:32)

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has been released after two years in captivity in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry has confirmed.

Curtis, from Boston, Massachusetts, was held by the Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, according to Al Jazeera. He was apparently kidnapped from Antakya,...

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Who Is The Hip Hop Jihadi Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, Linked With James Foley's Murder? Here's 9 Things We Know

(57) Comments | Posted 24 August 2014 | (17:44)

A rapper from west London is a key suspect linked with the murder of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State radicals in Iraq.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary left his home in Maida Vale to fight with IS in Syria, and has previously posted a picture of himself apparently holding aloft...

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Boko Haram Just Declared A 'Caliphate' In Nigeria, The Second One This Summer

(182) Comments | Posted 24 August 2014 | (15:54)

Nigeria's Boko Haram have become the second Islamist militant group in just two months to declare a "caliphate", in a video message from its leader.

The news agency AFP obtained a video shot in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza, in Borno state, which shows leader Abubakar Shekau

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

(42) 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?

(130) 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

(39) 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'

(10) 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

(686) 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

(219) 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

(15) 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

(144) 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

(501) 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

(26) 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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