Local elections

Farage and co — they’re not for the likes of us

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

What does it all mean for the 2015 general election?

As the European results came in on Sunday, Mr Farage suggested he could be the potential kingmaker in the event of a hung Parliament.

The prospect will send a chill down the spine of David Cameron and Ed Miliband and be of acute concern to the Jewish voters who clearly rejected Ukip at the ballot box last week.

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Ukip European triumph is ‘good news for shechita’

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, May 29, 2014

Ukip’s victory in the European elections could aid the campaign to protect shechita and Jewish religious practices, experts have claimed.

The party surged to see 24 MEPs elected and 27.5 per cent of the vote secured as Labour and the Conservatives were overtaken. The Liberal Democrats were left with just one MEP after a catastrophic set of results.

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Ukip Charedi claims he lost because of the Jews

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

Britain’s most high-profile Jewish election candidate has revealed the depth of opposition he faced from his own community during the campaign.

Shneur Odze, the strictly Orthodox Lubavitch candidate who stood for Ukip at both local and European level, said he had undergone a period of soul-searching after weeks of sustained attack.

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Elections 2014: Labour the big winners in London and the north

By Marcus Dysch, Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, May 29, 2014

On a night when Ukip made significant gains across the country, in areas of high Jewish population it was Labour that was the big winner.

Ed Miliband’s party made significant advances in four London boroughs with sizeable Jewish communities, placing it in a leading position to capture seats at next year’s general election.

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Mixed fortunes for Jewish candidates in local elections

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2014

The local election results have produced a mixture of outcomes for Jewish candidates and voters.

By Friday afternoon only a handful of councils with Jewish interest had returned their results.

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Jewish candidates prepare for local election battles across the country

May 15, 2014

HACKNEY - By Simon Rocker

A poster in a rather highbrow style of Yiddish appeared in Hackney this week, urging its large Charedi population to cast their votes for Labour in the council elections on May 22.

But the appeal comes in the teeth of one glaring fact: of the more than 20 Charedi candidates standing in the London borough, not one is from the ruling Labour administration.

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BNP loses only county council seat

By Zoe Winograd, May 3, 2013

The British National Party has lost its only county council seat.

BNP candidate Paul Robinson polled only 358 votes in defence of his seat in the Padiham and Burnley West division in Lancashire, trailing last behind winner, Labour's Marcus Johnstone , in this week's local elections.

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Nate Silver predicts 'crash and burn' for UK independence Party

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2013

The UK Independence Party could "crash and burn" in the same way as the tea party did at the last US elections, the pollster Nate Silver told a London audience on Tuesday.

Mr Silver, who is celebrated for accurately predicting the outcome of the presidential election in all 50 US states last November, was in the UK to discuss his new book, The Signal and the Noise.

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Far-right drops its mask

By Matthew Goodwin, May 3, 2013

The British National Party could once put up more than 400 candidates, and attract national media attention. As yesterday's local elections showed, today the BNP is very much a shadow of its former self, and can barely contest 100 seats.

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BNP set for trouncing in local elections

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2013

The threat of the British National Party stands seriously diminished on the eve of local elections across England, experts have claimed.

Unlike four years ago, the Board of Deputies has not felt the need to run a campaign against the BNP, and anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate has predicted widespread defeat for BNP candidates.

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