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Hampstead and Kilburn: Election 2010

By Robyn Rosen, April 15, 2010

In the new constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn both the Conservative and LibDem candidates are claiming vast support from Jewish voters.

Both Lib Dem and Tory candidates claim they are the only ones who can beat Labour in the new constituency, a merger of parts of the old Brent East, Brent South and Hampstead and Highgate constituencies.

Hustings have so far taken place in Belsize Square Synagogue and JHub in West Hampstead, and candidates have visited various local synagogues.


Barking and Dagenham: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 15, 2010

The electoral battle for Barking reached new levels of ferocity this week as Labour's Margaret Hodge accused British National Party canvassers of using her Jewish origins to turn voters against her.

The MP, defending a majority of 8,883, is facing a far-right campaign to oust her from the socially troubled East London constituency where the BNP has already ridden a wave of popularity to win 12 seats on the local council.


Racist leaflets against Jewish candidates in Liverpool

April 15, 2010

Two racist leaflets have been distributed in Liverpool against Jewish candidates.

The leaflets were distributed in the neighbouring constituencies of Wavertree and Riverside in Liverpool. The sitting MP, Louise Ellman, is standing again in Riverside while Luciana Berger is standing in Wavertree.

The leaflets attack both women for their support of and contacts with Israel. One is headed "Don't vote for Friends of Israel", a reference to Ms Berger as director of Labour Friends of Israel.


Labour candidate accused of "dishonest and dangerous" letter

By Martin Bright, April 15, 2010

A Labour candidate has been accused of running a "dishonest and dangerous" campaign to woo Arab voters in her constituency, by playing up her support for the people of Gaza and misrepresenting her opposition to the war in Iraq.

Karen Buck, Labour's candidate in the newly-formed constituency of Westminster North, sent out a letter in Arabic to residents condemning the "collective punishment" of Palestinians in Gaza and describing the situation as "abhorrent".


Cameron criticised for Europe nationalist links

By Martin Bright, April 15, 2010

Conservative leader David Cameron has come under fire from a senior European politician over his alliance with "exotic" ultra-nationalist parties in the European Parliament.

The Spanish secretary-general of the European People's Party (EPP), Antonio López-Istúriz, has predicted that the European Conservative and Reformists (ERC), the recently-formed Eurosceptic group, could collapse, allowing Tory MEPs to rejoin the mainstream EPP.


Racing driver still winning... aged 75

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

He beat the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart - and now veteran driver Philip Barak is gearing up for his 54th year on the circuit.

An unlikely 75 years old, Mr Barak is believed to be the oldest competitive racing driver in the country.

Born in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, Mr Barak can be identified by the star of David he wears on his helmet and began an early love affair with engines.

Wryly, he recalls: "I was not a typical Jewish boy. I used to race motorcycles. My father [who made machines for amusement arcades] was very concerned."


Ad watchdog bars Western Wall photo

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2010

Britain's advertising watchdog has provoked a furious reaction after ruling that Israel cannot use a photograph of Judaism's holiest shrine, the Western Wall, in a travel advert.

The Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against a press ad produced by the Israel Government Tourist Office because it suggested that the Wall, the only relic of the Second Temple, was part of Israel.

Rabbi Barry Marcus, who holds the Israel portfolio in the Chief Rabbi's cabinet, denounced the decision as "ludicrous, shocking and offensive".


Violent teen accuses Jews of controlling government

By Leon Symons, April 15, 2010

A teenager had been planning violent attacks on the government because he claimed it had been taken over by Jews, a court has heard.

Nicky Davison, a 19-year-old milkman, was accused at Newcastle Crown Court of being a co-founder, with his father Ian, of a group called Aryan Strike Force, an on-line far right extremist group which wanted to topple the government because they believed it was dominated by Zionists and Jews.


Green candidate compares Hamas to French resistance

By Jessica Elgot, April 15, 2010
Israel was accused of building “concentration camps” at a meeting attended by a Labour MP and parliamentary candidates for Hammersmith and Fulham.

The event, a debate for Hammersmith and Fulham parliamentary candidates, was attended by Labour MP Andy Slaughter alongside Green candidate Rollo Miles and Lib Dem Merlene Emerson.

Green candidate Mr Miles accused Israel of running a “concentration camp” and compared Hamas terrorists to French resistance members fighting the Nazis.


Gerald Ronson: 'Social unrest in a two-tier Britain'

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2010

Jewish businessman Gerald Ronson has warned of “social unrest” if the problems of a “two tier Britain” are not tackled.

The Chief Executive of Heron International also called on the next government not to target entrepreneurs with heavy taxation and constraints which could drive them out of the country.

Speaking at the “topping out” ceremony for the Heron Tower, a skyscraper his company has developed, Mr Ronson spoke of his concern about the growing divide between the city and the rest of the country.