Election 2010

Election 2010: Political Editor Martin Bright's Analysis

By Martin Bright, May 7, 2010

As I said in the comment pages of the JC this week, the Jewish vote is as diverse as the people that make it up.

That said, there is no doubt that this election will have been of huge interest to individual Jewish voters.


Synagogue members list contacted by canvassers

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Synagogue members have been contacted by canvassers who claimed a Conservative Party candidate was endorsed by the congregation.

Members of South Hampstead Synagogue were called on Tuesday evening by people claiming to be ringing on behalf of the Conservative Party.

The calls raised concerns that the synagogue's membership list may have been leaked or stolen.

SH chairman Michael Hatchwell was forced to email congregants alerting them to the canvassing. But he said the membership list had not been released.


Election 2010: Jewish candidates await the results

By Jessica Elgot, May 6, 2010

Jewish candidates in the general election are facing a long day until the polls close tonight, and many have an uncertain night ahead.

Former Labour Friends of Israel Director Luciana Berger is standing in her first election as Labour’s candidate for Liverpool Wavertree.

Despite an impressive CV, Ms Berger upset some locals who saw her as being “parachuted” into a safe Labour seat and now the Liberal Democrats are favourites with the bookmakers to take the seat.


Ed Balls 'Nazi-costume' attacked in video

May 4, 2010

The JC has learnt that a series of US-style “attack ads” are to be placed on local Yorkshire newspapers’ websites later today, attacking Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, for his privileged background.

The ads include a picture, claimed to be of Mr Balls wearing a Nazi uniform at a party, taken when he was a student at Oxford university.

Mr Balls is Labour candidate in Morley and Outwood, with a notional majority of over 10,000.


BNP targets Jews with anti-Muslim leaflet

By Jessica Elgot, April 30, 2010

A BNP candidate sent Jewish voters in Essex leaflets which showed Muslims holding up antisemitic slogans.

BNP candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green, Julian Leppert, caused an outcry in August when the numberplate of his black Ford Focus appeared to spell “Nazi”.

His election literature showed Muslims holding up signs saying “God Bless Hitler” and “Be prepared for the real Holocaust”.

Mr Leppert said that the images were “to remind people of a few home truths”.

Jewish leaders have condemned the leaflets as causing divisions in the community.


William Hague: I have Iran in my sights

April 29, 2010

William Hague is in no doubt about the most urgent issue to face him if he finds himself in the Foreign Office next month.

"It's the Iranian nuclear programme," he says. "We have consistently been the party arguing for tough sanctions and a strong European approach over the last few years, and are very frustrated that this hasn't emerged strongly enough."


Police probe death threats to Jewish candidate

April 29, 2010

Police are investigating after a Jewish parliamentary candidate claimed he had received a death threat.

Leaflets have also been distributed branding Lee Scott an "enemy of Muslims".

Mr Scott, Conservative MP for Ilford North since 2005, says he was approached by two Asian youths while campaigning last week. They allegedly told him they would kill him.

Leaflets handed out in the constituency claim Mr Scott "works tirelessly in Parliament against Muslims" and list his roles as a member of the Zionist Federation and Conservative Friends of Israel as examples.


Who votes for whom in the Jewish community?

By Simon Rocker, April 29, 2010

Members of central Orthodox synagogues are far more likely to vote Conservative than those in Reform synagogues, according to research on the political attitudes of British Jews collected early this year.

Almost half - 48 per cent - who belonged to bodies such as the United Synagogue said they supported the Tories, with 22 per cent pro-Labour; in contrast, 34 per cent of Reform members preferred Labour, with 28 per cent in favour of the Conservatives.


Party leaders stake their claims for Jewish votes

By Martin Bright, April 29, 2010

The three major political parties this week made their pitch for the vote of JC readers in a series of exclusive articles and interviews involving senior politicians.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg told us that his party's criticism of Operation Cast Lead stemmed from a concern that Israel was damaging its international reputation.


"Comedy terrorist" takes on David Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2010

Two Jewish candidates from rather different sides of the political spectrum are attempting to overturn David Cameron's 14,000 majority.

Self-styled "comedy terrorist" Aaron Barschak - best-known for gate-crashing Prince William's 21st birthday party while dressed as Osama bin Laden - is hoping to become MP for Witney, the Oxford constituency held by the Tory leader.

Fellow candidate Joe Goldberg is less controversial. He is a Labour councillor in Haringey, north London.