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Election result: Glasgow Central

May 7, 2010

Osama Saeed, the Scottish National Party’s great hope for capturing the Glasgow Central constituency, has failed to win the seat.

He finished second behind Labour’s Anas Sarwar, who polled 15,908 votes to secure a majority of more than 10,550.

Mr Saeed, who finished with 5,357 votes, founded the Scottish Islamic Foundation, which offered to help protect an Edinburgh synagogue which was attacked during last year’s Gaza conflict.


Election result: Northampton North

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

The House of Commons has gained a new Jewish MP as Conservative Michael Ellis swiped Northampton North from Labour with a seven per cent swing.

Mr Ellis, a 43-year-old barrister, received a 34.1 per cent share of votes (13,735) gaining a 1,936 majority over incumbent Labour MP Sally Keeble, whose votes decreased by 9.4 per cent.

Liberal Democrat Andrew Simpson came in third with 11,250 votes and a 27.9 per cent share, followed by BNP, UKIP, Green and Christian Party candidates.

Northampton has around 300 Jewish residents and Northampton Hebrew Congregation has around 100 members.


Election result: Oxford West and Abingdon and Richmond Park

May 7, 2010

Two Jewish Liberal Democrat candidates have lost out in the election, despite predictions that “Cleggmania”, increased support for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, would lead them to victory.

Dr Evan Harris and Susan Kramer, both fought tight battles in Oxford West and Abingdon and Richmond Park.

Former MP Dr Evan Harris, an outspoken advocate for abortion, euthanasia and gay rights lost his seat in Oxford West and Abingdon after a 6.9 per cent swing to Conservative challenger Nicola Blackwood.


Election result: Manchester Gorton

May 7, 2010

Anti-Israel Jewish MP Sir Gerald Kaufman has won a comprehensive victory in his Manchester Gorton constituency.

He won 19,211 votes, giving him a majority of over 6,000.

Sir Gerald had been embroiled in controversy before the poll after the Board of Deputies asked the Labour Party to consider withdrawing him as a candidate following comments he made warning voters about the alleged influence of the “Israel lobby”.

He had made the comments in March at a meeting in Parliament held by Friends of Al-Aqsa to discuss Israeli house demolitions.


Election result: Burton and Uttoxeter

May 7, 2010

The Jewish Labour candidate for Burton and Uttoxeter has lost the seat for Labour.

Ruth Smeeth, who works for the Community Security Trust, and is an active union member, only had 31.9 per cent of the vote, after an 8.7 per cent swing to Conservative.

She was instrumental in setting up the Hope Not Hate campaign for the Board of Deputies, attacking the BNP.

After the results were announced, Ms Smeeth said: “I will continue to be unceasing in my commitment to Burton. It’s been a very difficult night tonight for me and my party — but we will be back.”


Election result: Leeds North East

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Labour’s Fabian Hamilton has kept his seat in Leeds North East, fighting off Conservative challenger Matthew Lobley by 4,545 votes.

Mr Hamilton, who is Jewish and has represented the constituency since 1997, took the seat with 20,287 votes, despite being caught up in the MPs’ expenses scandal.

Mr Hamilton said: “I would like to thank, most sincerely, everyone who has supported my campaign by helping and above all by voting for me. I pledge myself to serve all the constituents of Leeds North East unstintingly and to the best of my ability.


Election result: Harrow East

By Robyn Rosen, May 7, 2010

Labour has lost its 13 year hold on Harrow East to Conservative Bob Blackman, following the furore over Tony McNulty’s expenses.

Mr Blackman celebrated a seven per cent swing from Labour to Conservative with a 3,403 majority, after he received 21,435 votes. The constituency covers the densely Jewish populated areas of Edgware, Kenton and Stanmore and includes four big United Synagogue congregations: Stanmore, Belmont, Kenton and Edgware, as well as Edgware Federation and Edgware Reform Synagogue.


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.


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.


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.