On the doorsteps of Hampstead and Kilburn


By Ed Fordham
April 19, 2010
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Each day is different here on the campaign trail in Hampstead and Kilburn and every door has a different set of concerns and questions.

Yesterday in West Hampstead I got a flow of steady questions from one house of Jewish voters who wanted to know my views on healthcare, transport closures (esp. jubilee line) and of course Israel.

It was a great conversation one that reflected the interest and passion in the campaign at the moment.

There is a particular energy to this campaign here and posters and stakeboards are popping up in for the Liberal Democrats in the houses and gardens of NW3 and NW6 that have traditionally hesitated before supporting us.

But this time more and more people know that my own commitment, energy and knowledge of the local constituency makes a real difference.

But I have teased Jewish friends who are supporting me that they don't traditionally proseletize!

But last night as I was formally adopted as a candidate in the synagogue hall in Denington Park Road it was clear that we have here a campaign that is reflecting the multi-ethnic nature of the constituency.

I joke that in this constituency international affairs are domestic affairs and that you can pick any country of the world and we have people from that country living here and it's broadly true.

So my knowledge and interest in Somali politics, Sudan, Eritrea, Sierre Leone and yes Israel and Palestine are pretty useful at the moment. All to play for...

Ed Fordham is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn.

This blog is part of the JC.com's On The Campaign Trail blog for the Election 2010 where candidates in key Jewish areas have been invited to blog. Read more on our Election 2010 page

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Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 14:34

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So what did you think of Lord Wallace's comments yesterday, Ed?


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 15:03

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Chris Philp is the Conservative candidate standing against Fordham, see his sensible views on Israel at the hustings here:

http://tinyurl.com/y84lzud

Then there are these flyers, used by the Lib Dems elsewhere in London:

http://twitpic.com/1goi2q

http://twitpic.com/1goi2e

In his latest flyer posted to Jewish homes, Fordham even intentionally captions a photo of MK Isaac Herzog as ‘Minister for the Diaspora’, when he has not occupied that role for some time. Fordham knows that, of course, as he got it right on his blog back in January (when they met).

But by including the photo and suggesting that Herzog is in charge of Diaspora Affairs, Fordham no doubt hopes to seduce Jews in Hampstead and Kilburn, by hinting that Herzog endorses him.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 15:12

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http://cifwatch.com/2010/01/07/dear-nicholas/#more-4453

Nicholas Blincoe, a former ISM activist, is also a former adviser to Nick Clegg.

Source: CifWatch


Oy Va Goy

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 15:15

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Ed, seeing as you raised Israel here - and seeing as you are so keen on circulating photographs of yourself in Israel - can you finally give us a meaningful statement explaining your views on Israel and related issues?

You've been asked about this many times by many people and have been heroically dodging the question for months.


Jon_i_Cohen

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 15:18

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As i've mentioned elswhere:-
Look at the numbers:-
270,000 Jews, (and declining), :: 2.3 million Moslems, (and growing) here in the UK - it is out of control
Why are we surprised when the Lib Dems are just looking for votes, they are trying to capitalise on Clegg's instant TV stardom by pandering to where the most votes are - the Moslems.!

Should anyone be in any doubt of the Conservatives position,
David Cameron states his views on Israel clearly:-
Quote:- "I passionately believe in the right of Israel to exist, to defend itself and to live in peace and security"

I haven't heard anything as strong from Gordon Brown or Nick Clegg - quite the opposite with both refusing to supply arms or spares for arms.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 15:46

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Ed, do you agree with Lord Wallace that the charge of "antisemitism" is used to silence all criticism of Israel?


Ben Abuyah

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 16:33

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Jon, if you're going to start quoting David Cameron, what about this, from the FT:

The would-be prime minister also gives an indication that he will be prepared to join Mr Obama in taking a tough line with Israel on the issue of settlements. ‘Unlike a lot of politicians from Britain who visit Israel, when I went I did stand in occupied East Jerusalem and actually referred to it as ‘occupied East Jerusalem,’ he says. ‘The Foreign Office bod who was with me said most ministers don’t dare say [that].’

Thank you to Melanie Phillips for that - and it's not often you'll find me saying that.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/5891841/david-obameron-bravel...


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 16:36

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http://thejc.com/news/uk-news/30643/lib-dem-lords-deputy-leader-causes-b...

OK Ed, the JC has helpfully posted much of Lord W's address yesterday.

So do you agree with him?

For a candidate 17 days before an election you're being remarkably coy


Lanne

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 16:38

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I believe that the things that politicians say on Israel are just to get votes, to either please Muslims by making Pro Palestinian comments or trying to please Jews by making pro Israeli comments. I don't expect a UK politician who is not Jewish to support Israel and do Pro Israeli campaigning or take other actions that support Israel.


Jon_i_Cohen

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 16:54

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Ben Abuya is right, (and you wont find me saying that too often)
We have to pick who is the best of a bad bunch when it comes to Israel - and Cameron is marginely ahead in that race.


Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 19:07

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwKO-UMuXeI

The great sensible views on Israel of Chris Philp, the Conservative candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn.


DLeigh-Ellis

Mon, 04/19/2010 - 19:10

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mmm... If you think this election is all about Israel... It is a UK election, or have we forgotton that...

Personally, I would love the benefits of the Lib Dems proposed tax reforms, it would help people in my financial situation out more than a little.

Having said that, I'm still a 'floating voter' at this point, but Cameron... I think not... He is only good for those who value rhetoric over substance... I mean, he was Lamonts assistant over black wednesday for loves sake!!!! He claims to be somebody who can identify with the common citizen, but how common can he be when his 5th cousin is the Queen?


Oy Va Goy

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 09:43

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"I don't expect a UK politician who is not Jewish to support Israel and do Pro Israeli campaigning or take other actions that support Israel."

But if a candidate has regularly gone out of his way to appear supportive of Israel and court the Jewish vote while continually refusing to answer questions as to what his genuine stance is towards Israel then that raises huge questions about his sincerity and integrity.


richmillett

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:27

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DLE - not sure if you have noticed but Clegg out poshes Cameron almost.


DLeigh-Ellis

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 20:32

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Don't see it myself... Anyway, Cameron certainly 'out-smugs' Clegg.

Anyway, we'll see where everything lies after thursday night...

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