Only in Stamford Hill would you see a posse of bearded Hasidim adorned with party political rosettes, their pockets stuffed with election leaflets.
With the general election on the horizon the strictly Orthodox community — the biggest in Europe — is playing a major role.
Part of the Labour-dominated Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency, the “Hill” is reckoned by local figures to be one place where both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats might improve their performances.
Hackney's Charedi community is to renew its efforts to buy the old Skinners' School after councillors rejected a home-building plan for the site.
The planning sub-committee voted 5-4 against Berkeley Homes' proposal to knock down the school and build luxury homes. The decision was greeted with delight by local Charedim who packed the public gallery.
Members of the Belz, Satmar and Lubavitch communities maintain that the site should remain in educational use.
Hackney Council has ordered the closure of a 260-pupil strictly Orthodox girls' school in Stamford Hill.
The council has issued an enforcement notice against Beis Trana School in Upper Clapton Road, giving it until August to stop using the school and play area and to remove play equipment and portacabins.
A Labour MP has accused the government of putting the lives of Yemeni Jews at risk by not doing enough to save them from al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists.
A year ago, London's strictly Orthodox community worked with Immigration Minister Phil Woolas in the hope that 120 Yemenis could move to Stamford Hill, north London.
The Home Office was expected to agree to allow them to settle in Britain, but the move never happened. Now Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has stepped in and demanded that they reconsider.
A Stamford Hill charity providing outings for Charedi children with disabilities has expanded its services to teenagers.
Step by Step organised a weekend at Skeet Hill House in Kent for 15 boys aged between 13 and 18, who enjoyed a programme including a trip to a wildlife park. It was arranged in conjunction with special needs charity Kisharon. Plans are afoot to offer further activities such as after-school sports.