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Election 2015: Mike Freer romps home in Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

Conservative Mike Freer has held his seat in the constituency with the largest number of Jewish voters.

Mr Freer was re-elected as MP in Finchley and Golders Green, winning with a majority of 5,662, a small drop from his 2010 result.

He collected 25,835 votes against Labour candidate Sarah Sackman’s 20,173.


Election 2015: Jim Murphy loses as Labour hammered by SNP in Scotland

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Scottish National Party candidate Kirsten Oswald has claimed the scalp of the country’s Labour leader Jim Murphy, taking the Glasgow seat of East Renfrewshire with a 48.5 per cent swing.

Ms Oswald won 23,013 votes, five times more than the 4,535 SNP managed in 2010, with Mr Murphy falling from 25,987 votes - a majority of all votes cast - to 19,295 this time round.


Election 2015: Live results blog

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2015


Good morning - if you are just waking up, here are the key points from the night's coverage:

● Mike Freer (Cons) holds Finchley and Golders Green

● Matthew Offord (Cons) holds Hendon and increases majority

● Lee Scott (Cons) loses Ilford North to Labour's Wes Streeting by 589 votes


Sex abuse claims against me are 'pure fiction', says Todros Grynhaus

By JC Reporter, May 7, 2015

A Jewish teacher accused of molesting two teenage girls described one alleged victim’s tearful courtroom description of an attack in a Jacuzzi as “pure fiction”.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, denied that he touched the girls inappropriately when they were between the ages of 14 and 15, describing the claims against him as “horrific” and part of a “revenge plot”.


First person: 'You can't run away from your own mind'

May 7, 2015

Andrew Barbarash has been through multiple mental illnesses. Now he is a Jami peer support worker, helping other sufferers to improve their lives.

The 32-year-old Londoner says: "I had a nervous breakdown. It was brought on by post-university pressures. In the Jewish community, you're expected to earn a lot, to have a high job status, and I felt that was expected of me.


Amy Winehouse’s father condemns singer’s biopic as ‘preposterous’

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has criticised the makers of a biopic of his daughter’s life.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, he said that the film was unfair and unbalanced.

The forthcoming documentary Amy - The Girl Behind The Name is due to make its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival.


Diplomats' goal is to beat Germany

May 7, 2015

Israeli diplomats are to take on their German counterparts in a friendly football match.

Representatives from both London embassies, including ambassadors, will take part in the match to mark 50 years since the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries. If Israel's diplomatic corps should win, they will have achieved something its professional players have never managed.


Rabbis call for end to congo violence

May 7, 2015

Rabbis have called on UK politicians to help end the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A letter to the Times, signed by 70 people, read: "As rabbis, many of whom have relatives who perished in the Holocaust, we can neither stand idly by nor close our hearts to the pleas of the Congolese people."


Israel groups angry over intifada play

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

The UK tour of a play about Palestinians hiding in a Bethlehem church during the second intifada has sparked criticism among pro-Israel organisations even before the curtain rises on the first performance.

The Siege, produced by the Freedom Theatre company based on the West Bank, is due to be staged at The Lowry in Manchester on May 13 before coming to London the week after.


Church will tackle hate, says Archbishop

By Simon Rocker, May 7, 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury has promised that the Church of England will take antisemitism seriously and apologised for an incident involving an Anglican priest this year.

In his first major address to a Jewish audience, Justin Welby told the Board of Deputies' annual dinner in London on Tuesday that there would be no repeat of an earlier episode where he had personally failed to protest.