Election diary

Luciana Berger gets poll boost in Liverpool

April 22, 2010

Liverpool Wavertree Labour candidate Luciana Berger has won new support. The parents of once-jailed football fan Michael Shields have urged people to vote for her after a Lib Dem leaflet carrying their son's picture was distributed - they claimed - without permission.

Michael Shields, a Liverpool football fan, was tried and jailed for 15 years in Bulgaria in 2006 over an assault which he denied. His parents launched a successful campaign to free him, supported by local MP Louise Ellman and city councillor Joe Anderson.

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Board of Deputies release election pack

April 22, 2010

The Board of Deputies has issued an election pack for deputies to quiz candidates.

It contains 18 sample questions on five areas: Israel, antisemitism, and racism, education, community cohesion and kosher food.

Devised by Board joint vice-president Jerry Lewis, it asks whether candidates are opposed to boycotts of Israel and to the recognition of Hamas and Hizbollah and if they favour a change in the law to prevent the arrest of visiting Israeli politicians.

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Michael Gove: Security funding for Jewish schools

April 22, 2010

Jewish schools will have security funded by the government if the Tories win the election, Michael Gove promised this week.

Speaking at Moriah Jewish Day School in Pinner, Middlesex, Mr Gove, currently the Shadow Education Minister, said: "I visit lots of faith schools, and they have a wonderful ethos, and produce children with great values. But Church of England and Roman Catholic schools are different. They do not need the security Jewish schools need.

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Lord Sugar's £400,000 gift to Labour

April 15, 2010

Lord Sugar, the government’s Enterprise Tsar, has donated £400,000 to the Labour Party, the largest gift he has ever made to the party. The peer said he had made political donations in the past, always at the time of a general election, in order to help with the party’s campaign running costs.

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LFI's Luciana Berger campaigns in Liverpool

April 15, 2010

Liverpool's Wavertree is the heart of the Jewish community, with Harold House Community Centre, the King David Schools and two of the city's four synagogues.

Here we find Luciana Berger, director of the Labour Friends of Israel, on the stump, trying to keep the seat held for Labour by Jane Kennedy since 1992.

With five candidates in the ring - Labour, LibDem, Tory, UKIP and Green - Luciana, whose first election this is, has a tough fight on her hands.

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Jewish independent candidate in Rory Bremner show

April 15, 2010

You know you have made it when... Rory Bremner makes you part of his act.

In January, painter and decorator Adam Osen, now standing as an independent in Chingford and Woodford Green, officially changed his name to "None of the Above" in protest against the three main political parties.

Though the former Mr Osen's wife, Rebecca, and his children, Gabrielle, 18 and Michael, 15, were less than thrilled at the idea, "None," as he is now known to friends, went ahead.

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BBC deletes reference to 'wealthy' Jews

April 15, 2010

The BBC has removed from its Election 2010 website a reference to Jews living in "a wealthy pocket of large detached houses".

The offending phrase appeared in a profile of the newly-created Blackley and Broughton constituency in north Manchester.

The words have now been deleted following an angry complaint from Jason Selig, who lives in the constituency.

After the BBC removed the phrase Mr Selig said: "I was shocked that it was so blatant.

"They are saying it's a multi-cultural area, but then they're singling out Jews as the wealthy ones.

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