May 5, 2010
I am pleased to say that the despicable Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) appear to be having little influence on the election campaign in Hendon. MPAC advised people to vote Lib Dem or Tory to ensure the defeat of Hendon's Labour MP. I have made it clear (http://matthew4hendon.blogspot.com/2010/04/thanks-but-no-thanks-rejectin...) that I do not want the votes of people who are following MPAC's advice (and I wish the Tory candidate had done likewise, but that's up to him).
This has nothing to do with the vast majority of local Muslims in Hendon, who have nothing to do with MPAC. Engaging with local Muslims, and telling them openly that I am the Vice-Chairman of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, has been one of the pleasures of this election campaign. Whatever the outcome on Thursday, I have thoroughly enjoyed being Hendon's Parliamentary candidate, and I look forward to serving as the MP if elected - but that's for the voters to decide! Here, if you are interested, is the Hendon Times' latest take on events:
To reiterate, this is what I wrote publicly on MPAC's vile website:
"I am Matthew Harris, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Hendon. Just to make it clear, I do not want the support (implied or otherwise) of MPAC. I am pleased and proud to be a friend of Israel, campaigning for a two-state solution that will bring peace, justice and security to Palestinans and Israelis alike. I strongly dislike MPAC's policies and its campaigning methods. I am delighted to have the support of a number of Muslim people living in Hendon and I was very pleased to speak at last week's Barnet Muslim Forum hustings in the constituency. Everyone who was there will have heard about my record on issues that matter most to Muslims and others, and can vote for me or not - that's their individual choice. But if anyone is thinking of voting for me because MPAC has advised them to vote Lib Dem or Tory as a way of ousting Hendon's Labour MP, I would advise them to vote for someone else - I reject MPAC's support."