London mayoral elections

Celebration for winners in the north, but chaos for voters in north London

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, was widely accused of running a "divisive" campaign following his defeat to Sadiq Khan.

Mr Goldsmith, whose grandfather Frank was Jewish, lost by 994,614 votes (43.2 per cent) to Mr Khan's 1,310,143 (56.8 per cent).


Labour MP Sadiq Khan elected Mayor of London

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting, has won the race to become the Mayor of London with a comfortable victory over Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith.

Over 1.3 million Londoners voted for Mr Khan, Communities Minister in the last Labour government, giving him 57 per cent of the vote.

Mr Goldsmith secured 43 per cent, with just under 995,000 people backing him.


Dismore returned to London Assembly seat for Barnet and Camden

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Labour’s Andrew Dismore has been re-elected to represent Barnet and Camden on the Greater London Assembly.

He won with 44 per cent of the vote (81,482); Tory candidate Daniel Thomas came second with 36 per cent (65,204).


Ken Livingstone dismisses Hitler row as 'antisemitism nonsense'

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

Ken Livingstone has dismissed suggestions that he expressed racist views as “antisemitism nonsense” and claimed he received support from members of the Jewish community.


Congregants hit back after rabbi signs letter ‘undermining fight against antisemitism’

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2016

A British rabbi has been criticised by his congregants after he signed an open letter which denied that there was antisemitism in the Labour party.

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, the emeritus rabbi of Finchley Reform synagogue in north-west London, was one of 82 people who signed the letter in the Guardian last weekend.


Chief Rabbi among hundreds of voters turned away amid polling chaos in Barnet

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, May 5, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie were among hundreds of Barnet residents who were turned away from polling stations today.

The couple, who attempted to vote at around 8:30am this morning, were turned away as a result of administrative errors.


Meet the Israel-loving friendly face of Ukip

By Sandy Rashty, April 27, 2016

When Ukip's London mayoral candidate attended a Jewish hustings event, he did not expect a warm reception.

Peter Whittle, 55, thought negative perceptions of his right-wing party would stop him being listened to, as they have in the past.


The cannabis candidate seeking electoral high

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2016

Lee Eli Harris is the only Jewish candidate in the running to be the next Mayor of London.

At the age of 79, he is also the oldest among the 12 candidates. And he is certainly the only candidate calling for greater freedom to smoke dope as a major part of his platform.


Once for Labour, now for Zac? London's Jewish community could turn Tory

By The JC Blog, April 20, 2016

Analysis and views from the JC reporters

Zac Goldsmith was running forty minutes late for his tour around Golders Green over the weekend.

The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London in next month’s election, Mr Goldsmith, whose grandfather Frank was Jewish, spent last Sunday touring north-west London with lobby group Conservative Friends of Israel.


Tory mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith samples falafel in Golders Green

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2016

The Conservative candidate for London mayor Zac Goldsmith said he had “lots of delicious food” during a tour across north-west London with lobby-group Conservative Friends of Israel today.

Mr Goldsmith, who is hoping to succeed Boris Johnson at next month’s election, started the sunny Sunday morning in Edgware before heading to Golders Green.