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Election result: Watford

By Robyn Rosen, May 10, 2010

Richard Harrington, the former chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel, has ended Labour’s 13-year reign in Watford.

Mr Harrington received 19,291 votes, a 34.9 per cent share, narrowly beating Liberal Democrat candidate, Sal Brinton who received 17,866 votes.

The seat was held by Labour’s justice minister Claire Ward since 1997, who this time received 14,750 votes.

Mr Harrington said: “I was very pleased to win because it was a lot of hard work.

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Dismore may challenge Hendon election

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2010

Former Labour MP Andrew Dismore may legally challenge the result of the poll in the Hendon constituency, which has one of the highest percentages of Jewish voters in the country.

Mr Dismore wrote to supporters asking them to provide him with evidence of disorganisation and proof they had been denied the chance to vote.

He lost the seat, which he had held for 13 years, to Matthew Offord, a former deputy leader of Barnet Council, by just 106 votes following a recount.

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Election result: Harlow

By Dina Rickman, May 10, 2010

The political consultant of the Conservative Friends of Israel, Robert Halfon, has become an MP in Harlow after a 10 year campaign to enter Parliament.

Mr Halfon benefited from a 5.9 per cent swing from Labour to the Conservatives, beating his Labour opponent, former Armed Services Minister Bill Rammell, by 4,925 votes.

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MPAC boasts of election 'triumph'

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

A Muslim organisation which campaigned against candidates who support Israel has claimed it is responsible for Andrew Dismore losing his Hendon seat.

Mr Dismore was narrowly defeated by Conservative candidate Matthew Offord, losing the constituency by just 106 votes following a recount.

On its website, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) claimed it had “defeated the top ranking Zionist MP Dismore!”.

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BNP face big election losses

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

The BNP have suffered a thrashing at the hands of the electorate, despite fears that the extreme rightwing party would gain a seat in Parliament after their success in the European elections.

Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, last night said it was "not too late” for his party in Britain, which only recently publicly acknowledged that the Shoah happened.

However the results flooding in from seats and local councils across the UK did not support his statement, with the party returning no MPs and almost half of their candidates said to be facing losing their deposit.

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Letwin survives and Fabricant celebrates

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Many Jewish candidates have been celebrating retaining their seats in a tumultuous election night.

Chairman of the Conservative Research Department and former Shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwin has won his seat in Dorset West. He has a majority of 3,923, higher than in 2005.

Speaker John Bercow has held his seat in Buckingham, beating off a challenge by UKIP's Nigel Farage, who was injured in a plane crash earlier in the day. He was not challenged by Labour or the Liberal Democrats.

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Elections result: Cheadle

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 7, 2010

The already thin margin of support for Liberal Democrat's Mark Hunter didn't slip at all in Cheadle despite bad press over anti-Israel letters he sent to Muslim voters.

He remains in position as MP in the south Manchester area with a majority of 3,000, beating off Tory Ben Jeffreys who was hoping to add to the two Conservative seats now in Greater Manchester.

One Conservative activist close to Mr Jeffreys simply said it had been a "disappointing night".

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Election results: Bury North

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 7, 2010

Jewish candidate Richard Baum saw some success in increasing the Liberal Democrat vote in Bury North, although in third place he was no competition for the only swing seat to the Tories in Greater Manchester.

Conservative David Nuttall defeated strong opponent Maryam Khan for Labour, daughter of Afzal Khan, a former Manchester mayor and co-chair of the Muslim-Jewish Forum.

Far behind Mr. Baum was the BNP's John Maude with 1,825 votes, although stronger BNP results are expected in the constituency's local elections.

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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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