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Election result: Birmingham Hall Green

May 7, 2010

Labour have held Birmingham Hall Green in a tight and often vicious contest against the Respect party.

Roger Godsiff held on for Labour despite an 11.7 per cent swing to Salma Yaqoom of Respect, who came second.

Ms Yaqoom, who has previously demanded the closure of the Israeli Embassy in London, called on Mr Godsiff to “be fair” in a YouTube video made for the campaign after he put out leaflets attacking her and the Liberal Democrats.

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Election result: Altrincham and Sale

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Conservative MP Graham Brady has comfortably held on to his Altrincham and Sale West seat on the edge of Manchester Jewry’s most affluent community.

Mr Brady recorded 24,176 votes to remain as the representative of the largest number of Jewish voters outside north Manchester, a constituency which includes Bowdon, Hale and Sale.

He now has a majority of 11,595, despite a small swing of 0.8 per cent from Conservative to Lib Dem.

That left Lib Dem Jane Brophy second with 12,581 votes, just ahead of Labour’s Tom Ross on 11,073.

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Election result: Poplar and Limehouse

May 7, 2010

The controversial leader of the Respect party, George Galloway, has lost his seat in parliament.

Mr Galloway, who formerly represented Bethnal Green and Bow, has been at the forefront of anti-Israel rhetoric in the UK.

The former MP did not even turn up at the count in Poplar and Limehouse, which was announced eight hours late after problems with the vote verification, at 11am.

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Election result: Liverpool Wavertree

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Luciana Berger has won an impressive victory for Labour in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

Despite upsetting some voters who believed she had been “parachuted” into the safe seat, the former Labour Friends of Israel director received 20,132 votes.

That was more than half of all votes polled in the seat and represented a five per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats to Labour.

Ms Berger increased the party’s majority by more than 2,000, picking up more votes than outgoing Labour MP Jane Kennedy did in 2005.

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Election result: Dagenham and Rainham

May 7, 2010

Labour's Jon Cruddas retained his seat against a BNP threat in a tightly fought contest in Dagenham and Rainham.

Mr Cruddas, who was supported by the Jewish Labour Movement and Hope Not Hate in his campaign beat the BNP by 12,861 votes.

Although they fell short of a win, the BNP’s vote in the East London seat was up by 7 per cent, with 4,952 votes.

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Election result: Renfrewshire East

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

Labour's Jim Murphy has securely held on to his seat in Renfrewshire East with more than 50 per cent share of votes.

A total 25,987 voted for Mr Murphy, the Secretary of State for Scotland, a former chair of Labour Friends of Israel, who comfortably fought of f his Conservative opponent, Richard Cook.

Liberal Democrat Gordon MacDonald gained just 9.2 per cent of votes and the Scottish National Party’s Gordon Archer, came fourth with 8.9 per cent share of votes (4,535).

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Election result: Ilford North

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Jewish Conservative candidate Lee Scott has been re-elected with an increased majority of 3.7 per cent in Ilford North.

Father of five Mr Scott has a majority of 5,404 in a seat which was 28th on Labour’s target list of seats.

Controversial Muslim group MPAC had campaigned against Mr Scott for his pro-Israel views, endorsing Labour candidate Sonia Klein.

She came second, polling 16,102 votes.

In his victory speech Mr Scott, who said he had received death threats during the campaign, said he believed politics should be fought positively, without resorting to hate tactics.

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Election result: Ilford South

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Labour’s Mike Gapes has held his Ilford South seat, increasing his majority despite a bitter face-off with anti-Israel extremists who were determined to oust him.

Mr Gapes received 25,311 votes and a slight increase on his share of the vote. The result gave him a majority of 11,297.

Leaflets distributed in the run up to polling day had described him as a “pro-war, pro-Israel and Islamophobic MP”.

Mr Gapes declared the personal attacks, carried out by the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), as “poisonous”.

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Election result: Barking

May 7, 2010

Labour’s Margaret Hodge beat the BNP’s Nick Griffin in Barking by over 18,000 votes last night, after a massive increase in turnout.

Mr Griffin said his party was “resilient” after the defeat. However, Mrs Hodge, who took almost half the votes cast said the message to the BNP was a resounding “get out and stay out.”:

“This is a great moment in our history, a never-to-be forgotten moment for both the good and decent people of Barking and Dagenham.”

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Election result: Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Conservative candidate Mike Freer has been elected in the constituency with the highest proportion of Jewish voters, Finchley and Golders Green.

Mr Freer finished with 21,688 votes, giving him a comfortable majority of 5,809.

The former Barnet Council leader had been a heavy favourite with the bookies, who had quoted him at odds as short of 1/20 to win in Margaret Thatcher’s former constituency.

His victory represented a 5.8 per cent swing from Labour to the Conservatives. The seat had been one of the Tory party’s key targets.

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