Jewish Labour MP elected in Finchley and Golders Green

She will succeed former Justice Minister Mike Freer


H3K7G8 London, UK. 9th October 2016. 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street march and rally from Whitechapel to Cable St,

Labour’s Sarah Sackman has been elected as the new MP for Finchley and Golders Green.

The north London marginal seat is the parliamentary constituency with the largest number of Jewish voters in the country, around 20 per cent.

The barrister and member of the Masorti New North London Synagogue topped the ballot with 21,857 votes defeated the Conservatives’ Alex Deane who came second with 17,276 votes.

In her victory speech, Sackman said that under Jeremy Corbyn “the Labour Party had lost its way. In particular, it let down the Jewish community.”

She added, “the Labour Party needed to change and under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership it has changed.”

Sackman will succeed Mike Freer, the Conservative Justice Minister who held the seat for 14 years and stepped down following from Parliament before the general election because of death threats and an arson attack on his local office.

Reacting to the result, Deane posted on Twitter: “Not the result we’d hoped for but I’m proud to have been the candidate for @Finchleytories. Thanks to everyone who helped the campaign. Many congratulations to @sarahsackman who will be a great MP for a great part of our city.”

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