Election result: Oxford West and Abingdon and Richmond Park
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Two Jewish Liberal Democrat candidates have lost out in the election, despite predictions that “Cleggmania”, increased support for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, would lead them to victory.
Dr Evan Harris and Susan Kramer, both fought tight battles in Oxford West and Abingdon and Richmond Park.
Former MP Dr Evan Harris, an outspoken advocate for abortion, euthanasia and gay rights lost his seat in Oxford West and Abingdon after a 6.9 per cent swing to Conservative challenger Nicola Blackwood.
After the result was announced, Dr Harris wrote on the social networking website Twitter:
“Sorry that you guys have to share my disappointment. thanks for the messages. I'm Ok & will come back from this and re-win.”
In Richmond Park, former MP Ms Kramer lost out to the 35 year old millionaire Conservative candidate, Zac Goldsmith, after a 7.0 per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives.
This leaves Lynne Featherstone as the Liberal Democrats' only Jewish MP.