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Election result: Westminster North

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

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.


Election result: Bethnal Green and Bow

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

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.


Election result: Glasgow South

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Labour’s Tom Harris held the Glasgow South seat, home to a large section of Scotland’s Jewish community.

He won with 20,736 votes – the highest number of votes for any candidate in any of the city’s constituencies – and a majority of 12,658.

His nearest challenger was the Scottish National Party's Malcolm Fleming and there was a 1.5 per cent swing from Labour to the SNP.

Mr Harris was first elected in the constituency – then known as Glasgow Cathcart – in 2001.


Election result: Bassetlaw and Rotherham

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Labour's John Mann, chair of the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism, has retained his seat in Bassetlaw, north Nottinghamshire, with a 8,977 majority over Tory Keith Girling.

"I'm really pleased to see the result being a high swing to Labour which is totally contrary to what's happening elsewhere in the country," Mr Mann said. "I'm looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow and fighting the cause for the people of Bassetlaw."

His Labour colleague Denis MacShane, chair of the Antisemitism Inquiry panel, also retained his seat in Rotherham.


Election result: New Forest East

May 7, 2010

The polarising Jewish Conservative politician Dr Julian Lewis has held his seat in New Forest East.

Dr Lewis, the shadow defence secretary, was boosted by a 3.2 per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats, despite reports from that he had made comments suggesting that being a homosexual was "more dangerous than being in the army".

Speaking after the vote was announced, Dr Lewis said: "I am naturally delighted that we have had such a stunning victory in New Forest East tonight.


Election result: Bury South

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

Labour's Ivan Lewis, well-known in the Jewish community, has held on to his seat in Bury South despite an eight per cent swing to the Conservatives.

Foreign Office minister Mr Lewis, formerly vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, received 19,508 votes, gaining a 40.4 per cent share and a 3,292 majority. In what was essentially a two-horse race between two Jewish candidates, Conservative Michelle Wiseman, chief executive of Manchester Jewish Community Care, got 16,216 votes.


Election result: Witney

May 7, 2010

Self-styled “comedy terrorist” Aaron Barschak failed in his attempt to unseat Conservative leader David Cameron in the Witney constituency.

Mr Barschak secured 53 votes, some way behind Mr Cameron’s 33,973.

Best-known for gate-crashing Prince William’s 21st birthday party while dressed as Osama bin Laden, Mr Barschak had campaigned for asylum seekers’ rights.

He was seen dressed in a Jesus-style outfit on the podium as the result was announced.


Election result: Lincoln

May 7, 2010

Jewish politician Gillian Merron was one of the Labour ministers who was “scalped” by the electorate's swing to the Conservatives early this morning.

Ms Merron had been an MP for Lincoln since 1997, and was minister for public health. She was beaten by Conservative Karl McCartney by just 1,058 votes.


Lady Jakobovits 'seriously ill'

May 7, 2010

The family of Lady Jakobovits, 81, who is in intensive care, have asked people to recite prayers on her behalf.

Renowned for her charity work and affectionately known throughout British Jewry as Lady J, she is the widow of former Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits.

Prayers are being said for her in her Hebrew name of Malia bas Frummit.

Born Amelie Munk in Ansbach, Germany, she survived the war by escaping to Switzerland, and met Immanuel Jakobovits when she was 19, shortly before he became Chief Rabbi of Ireland.


Election result: Epping Forest

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

The Jewish BNP candidate for Epping Forest has polled under 2,000 votes.

Patricia Richardson increased the BNP’s share of the vote by just 254 to 1,982.

Ms Richardson told the JC that the party is neither antisemitic nor racist. She described the mainstream Jewish community's hostility towards her party as "blinkered" and accuses it of "demonising" BNP policies.

The seat was held by Conservative Eleanor Laing, who was re-elected with an increased majority, while the Labour vote dropped by nearly 3,000.

Liberal Democrat Anne Haigh’s 10,017 votes beat Labour into second place.