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.
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.
Labour MP Karen Buck has held Westminster North, incorporating St John’s Wood, in a nail-biting contest with Tory Joanne Cash.
During the campaign Ms Buck told the JC that she had always "championed" the causes of Jewish constituents.
Ms Cash, nicknamed a "Cameron cutie", criticised media coverage of her candidacy, which she claimed had "an incredibly powerful" impact on the result. In a recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme, her campaign was said to have received a large amount of money from Conservative Friends of Israel.
Labour have regained Bethnal Green and Bow, the seat won by Respect's George Galloway from Jewish MP Oona King in a bitter 2005 campaign.
With Mr Galloway fighting a losing battle in Poplar, Respect support plummeted by 20 per cent in Bethnal Green, where their candidate Abjol Miah lost to Labour's Rushanara Ali with a 14.1 per cent swing.