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Election 2010: Stephen Pollard's Analysis

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2010

The old joke is that when Mao Tse Tung was asked what had been the consequences of the French Revolution, he replied that it was too soon to tell.

Here we are, on Friday afternoon, and we still have no firm idea of the consequences of the results. All three party leaders have spoken, and the ball seems to be firmly in David Cameron’s court (or perhaps I should say Nick Clegg’s) but, as last night itself showed, nothing in this election is predictable.

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Election result: Hackney and Stoke Newington

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Diane Abbott has won Hackney North and Stoke Newington, home to many of London’s strictly Orthodox community, who live in Stamford Hill.

The constituency is one of the last to declare — counting did not begin until 11.30am.

Labour’s Ms Abbott took 25,553 votes amid huge controversy with many voters angry that they had not been allowed to cast their votes, which Hackney Council blamed on high voter turnout.

Ms Abbott has an increased majority of 14,461, in a seat she has held since 1987, despite the tendency of the local Orthodox population to vote Conservative.

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Election results: Islington North

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour MP who accused Israel of “war crimes” against Palestinians, has held his seat in Islington North.

Mr Corbyn enjoyed a 3.3 per swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Labour Party, in his North London constituency.

The backbencher, who recently chaired a talk at the Houses of Parliament which compared Israel’s action in Gaza to the Jews' suffering in the Holocaust, now enjoys one of the biggest majorities in London, of 12,401.

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Election result: Kensington

May 7, 2010

Former Conservative Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind has held his Kensington seat with a comprehensive victory.

He received more than half the votes polled. His 17,595 votes provided a majority of 8,616 and a swing of 5.2 per cent from Labour to the Conservatives.

Sir Malcolm is a former multiple Secretary of State, having held cabinet roles for Scotland, Transport and Defence before moving to the Foreign Office in John Major’s administration.

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Election result: Liverpool Riverside

May 7, 2010

Jewish MP Louise Ellman last night held on to her seat in Liverpool Riverside – despite a contest in which she and neighbouring MP Luciana Berger were targeted for their membership of Labour Friends of Israel.

Mrs Ellman benefited from a 0.3 per cent swing to Labour from the Liberal Democrats – meaning that her 59.2 per cent share of the vote was bolstered.

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Election results: Welwyn Hatfield

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Shadow Housing Minister and former BBYO leader Grant Shapps has held Welwyn Hatfield for the Conservatives.

He has a strong majority of 17,423, ahead of his closest rival, Labour’s Mike Hobday. He increased his majority with a 11.1% swing.

Mr Shapps, who has represented the constituency since 2005, is likely to be a front bench minister if David Cameron becomes Prime Minister.

A close colleague of Mr Cameron’s, Mr Shapps is a former vice chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for campaigning.

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Lady Jakobovits has died

By Simon Rocker, May 7, 2010

Lady Jakobovits, 81, the widow of the former Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits, died in hospital on Friday.

Her family had earlier asked people to recite prayers on her behalf as she lay in intensive care in the Royal Free Hospital in North West London. An estimated 2800 mourners gathered outside her home in Hendon on Sunday afternoon to pay their respects as the cortege set off for Jerusalem, where she was due to be buried on Monday.
The family will be sitting shiva until Friday at 51 Shirehall Park NW4, from 9am until evening services at 9.30 pm.

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Election result: Richmond Park

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

Millionaire Zac Goldsmith has secured a victory for the Conservatives in Richmond Park with a seven per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Goldsmith, the 35-year-old son of the late financier, Sir James Goldsmith, received 29,461 votes, 49.7 per cent of votes and 10 per cent higher tha n at the previous election.

Susan Kramer for the Liberal Democrats, who have held the seat since 1997, received 25,370 votes, 42.8 per cent of the share and a 3.8 per cent drop from the 2005 election.

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Election result: Blackley and Broughton

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Labour's Sir Graham Stringer won Blackley and Broughton, home to the Jewish areas of Higher Crumpsall and Broughton Park and the King David schools, with a 12,000-plus majority.

The BNP’s Derek Adams, who hosted Nick Griffin's Euro election victory party at his Ace of Diamonds pub, polled 2,469 votes.

Sir Graham represented the old constituency of Manchester Blackley for 13 years. He said: “It’s been a campaign like no other I’ve been involved in.

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Election result: Brighton Pavilion

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, a vociferous critic of Israel, took the party's first Parliamentary seat in Brighton Pavilion.

Ms Lucas has called for a boycott of Israel and wrote on the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories” in Jewish Socialist magazine. She enjoyed an 8.4 per cent swing from Labour.

After her victory Ms Lucas told the Jewish Chronicle:

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