October 1974 saw a record 45 Jewish MPs elected to parliament. Of those, 35 were “Jewish socialists” while ten were Conservatives. In total, 91 Jewish candidates stood for election, less than at the February vote.
However The JC reported that “at his own request, MP Clement Freud…is no longer included in the list of Jewish parliamentarians.”
Ed Miliband has told the Labour party conference that Israel should lift the naval blockade of Gaza.
In his debut speech as Labour leader, Mr Miliband said: “We must strain every sinew to work to make that happen” and called on the government to step up and help bring “a just and lasting peace to the Middle East.”
Harriet Harman has wished Britain’s Jewish community a very happy and peaceful new year.
The acting leader of the Labour Party and MP for Camberwell and Peckham, said: As we draw close to Rosh Hashanah I would like to wish the Jewish community in the UK and around the world a very happy and peaceful New Year.
“I know many Jews will use this opportunity to pray for peace and to reflect on what we can all do to help our communities thrive and flourish in the days and year ahead.