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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.


Election result: Liverpool Wavertree

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Luciana Berger has won an impressive victory for Labour in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

Despite upsetting some voters who believed she had been “parachuted” into the safe seat, the former Labour Friends of Israel director received 20,132 votes.

That was more than half of all votes polled in the seat and represented a five per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats to Labour.

Ms Berger increased the party’s majority by more than 2,000, picking up more votes than outgoing Labour MP Jane Kennedy did in 2005.


Election result: Dagenham and Rainham

May 7, 2010

Labour's Jon Cruddas retained his seat against a BNP threat in a tightly fought contest in Dagenham and Rainham.

Mr Cruddas, who was supported by the Jewish Labour Movement and Hope Not Hate in his campaign beat the BNP by 12,861 votes.

Although they fell short of a win, the BNP’s vote in the East London seat was up by 7 per cent, with 4,952 votes.