Marcus Dysch

How the Tories managed to hold on to the heartland

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

One of the few bright spots for Labour on election night came in the capital, where it bucked the trend and took seats from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

But not in the two constituencies with more Jewish voters than anywhere else in Britain: Finchley and Golders Green, and Hendon.

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Tories show true colours now Lib Dems are gone

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

David Cameron has appointed a series of Jewish politicians to his first fully Conservative government.

The unveiling of the new ministerial positions this week means there are more Jews around the cabinet table than at any time since Margaret Thatcher's Tory administrations of the 1980s.

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Peer and van man who are set to be Cameron's key figures

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

They may have very different political styles, but two Jewish Tories will be among the most influential figures steering the Conservative Party.

One is David Cameron's Oxford University contemporary and tennis partner, the other is the champion of so-called White Can Conservatism.

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My supporters voted Labour to block Tory win, says beaten Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Ousted Liberal Democrat minister Lynne Featherstone has thanked supporters as she bowed out of Parliament.

Ms Featherstone was the most senior Jewish woman in the coalition government but lost her seat in north London’s Hornsey and Wood Green constituency to Labour.

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Newest Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth says victory was 'bittersweet'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Britain’s newest Jewish MP has told of the emotional moment when she entered the House of Commons chamber for the first time after being elected.

But Ruth Smeeth said her victory in Stoke-on-Trent North felt “bittersweet” after Labour lost the election.

She won with 15,429 votes – a majority of 4,836 – five years after losing in the Burton-on-Trent constituency.

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Eric Pickles is new Conservative Friends of Israel chairman

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been appointed as the new parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel.

He replaces former Hertsmere MP James Clappison, who retired before the election.

Mr Pickles’s first visit to Israel was with CFI in 1994.

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David Cameron appoints consumer rights MP Robert Halfon to the cabinet

By Marcus Dysch, May 11, 2015

Robert Halfon has been promoted to deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in David Cameron’s post-election reshuffle.

Mr Halfon, who was re-elected as Harlow MP, will also attend cabinet as minister without portfolio.

He has enjoyed a rapid rise through the Tory ranks, due largely to his reputation as a campaigner for consumer rights.

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Ex MP Lee Scott says antisemitic abuse cost him his seat

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2015

Ousted Conservative MP Lee Scott has said antisemitic abuse cost him his job in Parliament.

Mr Scott was beaten by Labour’s Wes Streeting in Ilford North, missing out by 589 votes.

During the campaign he was the target of death threats and anti-Jewish hatred.

He said there was “no question in my mind” that the attacks on him had contributed to his defeat.

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Election 2015: Why British Jews will welcome Tory win

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

When the rosettes and the placards are packed away, the winners have caught up on sleep, and the losers have drowned their sorrows, what messages will British Jews take away from the 2015 election?

A couple of points are blatantly clear, even so soon after the declarations.

It sounds like a broken record, I know, but Ed Miliband’s stance on Israel did hurt Labour.

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Election 2015: Bob Blackman fends off Labour challenge in Harrow East

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

Bob Blackman has held his Harrow East seat following a stiff challenge from Labour candidate Uma Kumaran.

The Conservative MP won with a majority of 4,757, an increase of more than 1,300 on his result five years ago.

The victory came despite a strong campaign from Ms Kumaran, who had been leading in some polls in the weeks leading up to polling day.

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Election 2015: Tulip Siddiq secures Hampstead and Kilburn for Labour

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

Labour candidate Tulip Siddiq has won the constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn, holding it for the party following the retirement of Oscar-winning actress Glenda Jackson.

Ms Siddiq recorded a majority of 1,138 – the seat had previously been the second tightest in the country after Ms Jackson won by just 42 votes five years ago.

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Election 2015: Mike Freer romps home in Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

Conservative Mike Freer has held his seat in the constituency with the largest number of Jewish voters.

Mr Freer was re-elected as MP in Finchley and Golders Green, winning with a majority of 5,662, a small drop from his 2010 result.

He collected 25,835 votes against Labour candidate Sarah Sackman’s 20,173.

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Election 2015: Live results blog

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2015

06.30

Good morning - if you are just waking up, here are the key points from the night's coverage:

● Mike Freer (Cons) holds Finchley and Golders Green

● Matthew Offord (Cons) holds Hendon and increases majority

● Lee Scott (Cons) loses Ilford North to Labour's Wes Streeting by 589 votes

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Election 2015: The key results to look for

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2015

The waiting is over. After months of campaigning, policy announcements and debates, election day is here.

The JC will be providing coverage throughout the night as results come in from across the country.

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Jewish journalist claims he was ‘throttled’ and abused outside Respect rally

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Jewish journalist claims he was racially abused and assaulted outside a Respect party election rally in Bradford.

Ben Judah was in the city preparing a report for the Politico website when he says he was called a “****ing Jew” and ejected from the event.

The alleged incident, on Sunday, has been reported to police and the Community Security Trust.

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Tony Blair vouches for convict Ehud Olmert in corruption case

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

Tony Blair has intervened in Ehud Olmert’s corruption case, providing a character reference for the discredited former Israeli Prime Minister.

A letter written by the former British premier in support of Olmert praised the ex-Kadima leader’s efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

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Labour telling Orthodox Jews I’m gay, claims Tory candidate Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Conservative election candidate has claimed Labour campaigners attempted to discourage Orthodox Jews from voting for him by telling them he is gay.

Mike Freer is standing for re-election in Finchley and Golders Green – the constituency with the highest number of Jewish voters in Britain.

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David Cameron worried over Labour’s ‘wrong’ direction on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2015

EXCLUSIVE

David Cameron has spoken of his concern about Labour’s approach to Israel and Hamas as he begins his final tour of Britain before election day.

Campaigning in the Hendon constituency in north-west London, the Prime Minister said he understood the fears of the Jewish community in the face of the terror threat and attacks on Israel.

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Ukip candidate sends abusive tweets to Jewish politicians

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2015

A Ukip election candidate has been suspended by the party for sending abusive tweets to Jewish MPs.

Posts from the account of Jack Sen, who is standing for the party in the seat of West Lancashire, targeted Labour’s Luciana Berger and Conservative chairman Grant Shapps.

The messages appeared to accuse the Jewish politicians of dual loyalty.

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Ed Miliband: ‘I value my relationship with the community’

By Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2015

Ed Miliband’s relationship with the Jewish community has been sorely tested in the year since the Labour leader claimed he felt closer to British Jews than ever before.

But as the election campaign reaches its climax, the man fighting to be Prime Minister this week offered a robust defence of his criticisms of Israel and sent a clear message to Anglo-Jewry.

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