Local elections

Ukip suspends candidate over Holocaust comments

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2013

Ukip has suspended a local election candidate over comments attributed to her which attacked Zionists and accused Jews of engineering the Second World War.

Comments appeared on Facebook in the name of Anna-Marie Crampton encouraging followers to "read the Protocols of Zion, all you need to know is in there and it's in their own words".


Northern Ireland councillors end Gaza twinning

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s smallest towns has reversed its controversial decision to twin with Gaza.

Councillors in Moyle, County Antrim, voted to end the partnership with Gaza’s municipal authorities at a meeting on Monday.


Galloway's Respect ousts Labour leader in Bradford

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2012

The Respect Party has unseated the Labour leader of Bradford City Council just weeks after George Galloway became Respect MP for Bradford West.

Labour is expected to make gains of some 700 seats across the country following the country’s local elections on Thursday, although counts are ongoing.


Just 19 — and helping beat back the BNP

By Dana Gloger, May 8, 2008

Jewish candidates gained council seats across the country in last week’s local elections, often in wards where they fought off the BNP.

Rebecca Cohen, the youngest Tory

In Epping Forest, Brian Sandley (Conservative) took the Chigwell Row ward, and 19-year-old Rebecca Cohen won Loughton Forest for the Conservatives. Ms Cohen became the youngest person ever to win a seat on Epping Forest District Council.


Stars back ‘stop BNP’ campaign

By Dana Gloger, April 24, 2008

A host of celebrities have joined a campaign urging members of the Jewish community to vote in next week’s local and mayoral elections, to stop the British National Party making gains.

Singers, actors and TV presenters joined the Hope not Hate campaign by anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, which is travelling the country encouraging people to vote so that the BNP does not win seats in the May 1 elections.


Papers faces backlash over BNP election ads

By Dana Gloger, April 18, 2008

One of the country’s biggest media groups has caused outrage by printing British National Party advertisements in its London newspapers.

Archant London published the adverts, which urge people to vote for the BNP in the May 1 elections, in all its newspapers in the capital.

One of these is the Ham & High, which covers several North London areas with large Jewish populations, including Hampstead and Golders Green.


Charedim, mums and action men join the Jews running for office

By Dana Gloger, April 18, 2008

Jewish candidates: Seven

Sam Cohen
First elected in 1983, the Conservative councillor for Unsworth is hoping to be re-elected this year. A member of Bury Hebrew Congregation, the former handbag distributor is currently chair of the council’s planning control committee.

Jonathan Grosskopf
Born and bred in Sedgley, the Conservative councillor is hoping to hold on to his seat in the ward. “My nickname is ‘Action Man’ because I’m a man of the people, and I help people with their causes against the council,” Mr Grosskopf said.