Election 2010

Glenda Jackson's thriller win in Hampstead

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

Glenda Jackson, who sensationally won the new Hampstead and Kilburn seat by just 42 votes, has defended her victory after opponents criticised her campaign.

The Oscar-winning actress, who held the former Hampstead and Highgate seat, received 17,332 votes, narrowly beating Tory candidate Chris Philp.

The new constituency takes in Hampstead, South Hampstead and Brondesbury Park synagogues.

Ms Jackson, 74, had been criticised by both Mr Philp and Lib Dem candidate Ed Fordham, who said that her presence during the campaign was not widespread enough.

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Dismore 'traumatised' by losing Hendon

May 13, 2010

Former Hendon MP Andrew Dismore has rejected claims that an initiative by a Muslim organisation which campaigns against candidates who back Israel cost him his seat.

Mr Dismore, who had held the constituency for Labour since 1997, was defeated by Conservative candidate Matthew Offord by just 106 votes, the second narrowest margin in England.

On its website, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) claimed it had "defeated the top ranking Zionist MP Dismore!".

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BNP and MPAC fail to sway electorate

By Leon Symons, May 13, 2010

Jewish and pro-Israel candidates performed well in the general election, despite a leafleting campaign by the Middle East Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) in some constituencies and the efforts of the BNP in others.

Arguably the biggest winner was in Harlow, Essex, where Robert Halfon, political director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, toppled former Armed Services Minister Bill Rammell, with a near-5,000 majority.

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Jew and Muslim are Conservative co-chairs

By Martin Bright, May 13, 2010

A Jew and a Muslim have been appointed joint chairs of the Conservative Party in a bold attempt to establish David Cameron’s credentials as a modernising leader who can reach out across British society.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a 39-year-old lawyer from Dewsbury, who was shadow communities spokeswoman, will serve as Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet member.

She leapt to public prominence after her combative performance on Question Time alongside BNP leader Nick Griffin.

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Cameron's Cabinet: Who are they?

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2010

Our run-down on how the new cabinet feel on key Jewish issues, including Israel, universal jurisdiction, faith schools and Islamic extremism.

David Cameron
Prime Minister, Conservatives

David Cameron talked warmly of finding his Jewish roots and said he had spoken about them to one of Britain’s leading rabbinical authorities.

Last July, Yaakov Wise of Manchester University’s Centre for Jewish Studies traced Mr Cameron’s family tree to 16th-century Jewish scholar Elijah Levit.

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Galloway seeks new role as 'Michael Moore' of Palestine

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2010

Former Respect MP George Galloway, who failed to win a seat in Thursday’s election, is heading to Hollywood, intending to become the “Michael Moore” of anti-Israel filmmaking.

Mr Galloway told the Times he would fly to Los Angeles later this weekend to drum up funding of between £2m and £4m for a film about the Palestinians.

Mr Galloway said he was disappointed that Respect would have no role to play in a hung parliament, after he failed to win a seat in Poplar and Limehouse.

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Dismore may challenge Hendon election

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2010

Former Labour MP Andrew Dismore may legally challenge the result of the poll in the Hendon constituency, which has one of the highest percentages of Jewish voters in the country.

Mr Dismore wrote to supporters asking them to provide him with evidence of disorganisation and proof they had been denied the chance to vote.

He lost the seat, which he had held for 13 years, to Matthew Offord, a former deputy leader of Barnet Council, by just 106 votes following a recount.

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MPAC boasts of election 'triumph'

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

A Muslim organisation which campaigned against candidates who support Israel has claimed it is responsible for Andrew Dismore losing his Hendon seat.

Mr Dismore was narrowly defeated by Conservative candidate Matthew Offord, losing the constituency by just 106 votes following a recount.

On its website, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) claimed it had “defeated the top ranking Zionist MP Dismore!”.

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BNP face big election losses

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

The BNP have suffered a thrashing at the hands of the electorate, despite fears that the extreme rightwing party would gain a seat in Parliament after their success in the European elections.

Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, last night said it was "not too late” for his party in Britain, which only recently publicly acknowledged that the Shoah happened.

However the results flooding in from seats and local councils across the UK did not support his statement, with the party returning no MPs and almost half of their candidates said to be facing losing their deposit.

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Election 2010: Stephen Pollard's Analysis

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2010

The old joke is that when Mao Tse Tung was asked what had been the consequences of the French Revolution, he replied that it was too soon to tell.

Here we are, on Friday afternoon, and we still have no firm idea of the consequences of the results. All three party leaders have spoken, and the ball seems to be firmly in David Cameron’s court (or perhaps I should say Nick Clegg’s) but, as last night itself showed, nothing in this election is predictable.

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