Election 2015

Meet the election candidate who 'does not have time' to campaign

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2015

The Liberal Democrats are fielding a candidate in the constituency with the country’s fastest-growing Jewish community who refuses to talk to the media.

Sophie Bowler is standing for the party in Hertsmere, a Conservative safe seat which encompasses Borehamwood, Elstree and Radlett.

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Meet the 85-year-old standing for Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

At her stage of life, Doris Osen could be expected to take things easy, spend time with her grandchildren, and enjoy her retirement.

But fresh from celebrating her 85th birthday on Monday she is preparing for a new challenge - as a candidate in the general election.

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Tory ready to bring No 10 experience to the green belt

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Oliver Dowden is in a rare position for an election candidate - standing on the verge of entering Parliament, yet preparing to see his political influence decrease at the same time.

In his former role as deputy chief of staff for the prime minister, he was one of David Cameron's leading advisers, helping to develop policy, organising briefings and monitoring domestic issues.

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Electrician hopes to spark Labour upset

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Electrician Richard Butler has probably never been compared to Sisyphus, but Labour's candidate in Hertsmere could be forgiven for feeling that he has been handed an impossible task.

Like the ancient Greek king who repeatedly pushed a boulder up a hill only to see it roll back again, Mr Butler faces what looks like inevitable failure.

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Carers have vital rolein ballot

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

A charity is urging Jewish people with learning disabilities to register to vote in May's general election.

The Judith Trust helps to train carers from Kisharon, Langdon and other Jewish charities which assist people with disabilities.

With six weeks until polling day, the trust is backing Mencap's Hear My Voice campaign, encouraging engagement with politics.

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Bubbe for No 10

March 26, 2015

Forget David Cameron and Ed Miliband. We’ve been looking in the wrong place for solutions to the nation’s ills.

The answer lies — as it always does — with bubbe.

As Doris Osen, who is standing in Ilford North, puts it: “We have the time, the energy, the intelligence and experience. We have been through so much in our lifetime.”

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A Jewish voter's dilemma: Which tribe do I belong to?

By Angela Epstein, March 19, 2015

I've never been much good at making significant decisions. Ask my husband. It took a week for me to respond to his proposal of marriage - even though we'd been together for two years and I was, blush, potty about him.

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The election is coming - don't mention the war

By Robert Philpot, March 19, 2015

Twenty years ago this summer the brutal war in Bosnia reached its bloody denouement.

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Ukip and Green Party can tip the balance in Hendon

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

They sit at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but the rejection of mainstream politics by Ukip and the Green Party has garnered more national coverage ahead of this election than ever before.

Two Jewish candidates are looking to attract disillusioned voters in Hendon with some eye-catching policies.

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Tory and Labour veterans renew battle in target Hendon seat

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

When Ed Miliband headed to Hendon to host a public question-and- answer session in January, there was one issue on the audience's mind.

The man hoping to be Prime Minister was repeatedly pushed to defend his stance on Israel by Jewish constituents who vowed never to vote for Labour while he led the party.

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