Election result: Bury South

Ivan Lewis

Ivan Lewis

Labour's Ivan Lewis, well-known in the Jewish community, has held on to his seat in Bury South despite an eight per cent swing to the Conservatives.

Foreign Office minister Mr Lewis, formerly vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, received 19,508 votes, gaining a 40.4 per cent share and a 3,292 majority. In what was essentially a two-horse race between two Jewish candidates, Conservative Michelle Wiseman, chief executive of Manchester Jewish Community Care, got 16,216 votes.

Liberal Democrat Vic D’Albert had 8,796 votes, followed by the BNP, UKIP, English Democrats and Green candidates.

Jewish voters make up around nine per cent of the electorate in Bury South.

Last updated: 12:39pm, May 7 2010