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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).


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.


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”.


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.”


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.


Election result: Luton South and North

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

Esther Rantzen has come in a disappointing fourth place in Luton South, receiving only 4.4 per cent of votes.

Ms Rantzen has reportedly lost her election deposit after failing to poll enough votes.

Ms Rantzen said that it was “amazing” so many people voted for her but that she was “saddened and surprised” that the BNP received 1,299 votes and a 3.1 per cent share.


Election result: Hampstead and Kilburn

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

Labour’s Glenda Jackson has won in the newly formed Hampstead and Kilburn constituency with a majority of just 42 votes.

Conservative, Chris Philp narrowly came in second with 17,290 votes to Ms Jackson’s 17,332, with Liberal Democrat Ed Fordham receiving 16,491 votes.

A total of 52,822 people voted, more than 10 per cent higher than in the 2005 election.

The Oscar-winning actress, who held the former Hampstead and Highgate seat gained 32.8 per cent of the votes, a 3.5 per cent decrease on the previous election.


Election result: Hendon

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Conservative candidate Matthew Offord has ousted Labour’s Andrew Dismore to win the Hendon constituency in one of the country’s closest election battles.

Mr Offord, a former deputy leader of Barnet Council, won by just 106 votes following a recount.

He received 19,635 votes to Mr Dismore’s 19,529.

The result represented a swing of 5.2 per cent to the Tories from Labour.

The Liberal Democrats’ Matthew Harris, the only Jewish candidate in the ward, trailed in third with 5,734 votes.


Syrian doctor blames "corrupt Jews" for immigration conviction

May 6, 2010

Police feared a Facebook campaign blaming "corrupt Jewish Zionists" for the conviction of a Syrian doctor for immigration offences, would lead to protests outside a court.

Extra police surrounded Kingston Magistrates Court on Friday while Shawkat Spahi-Shoaib attended a sentencing hearing after being found guilty of using deception to remain in the UK.

He had applied for indefinite leave to remain in the UK in May 2005, despite awaiting trial in Manchester for two sexual offences, of which he was later found guilty.


Synagogue members list contacted by canvassers

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Synagogue members have been contacted by canvassers who claimed a Conservative Party candidate was endorsed by the congregation.

Members of South Hampstead Synagogue were called on Tuesday evening by people claiming to be ringing on behalf of the Conservative Party.

The calls raised concerns that the synagogue's membership list may have been leaked or stolen.

SH chairman Michael Hatchwell was forced to email congregants alerting them to the canvassing. But he said the membership list had not been released.