Alex Sobel has become Britain’s newest Jewish MP after being elected in Leeds North West.
The Jewish Labour Movement member took the seat from the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 4,226 on a night that saw the organisation’s chair and vice-chair narrowly defeated.
Sobel took to Twitter to say: “Massive thanks to all the people of Leeds North West. I won’t let you down.”
But there was disappointment for two other Jewish candidates hoping for a first term. Tory Hannah David missed out for the second consecutive election in Harrow West, while Rhea Wolfson, a member of Labour’s national executive committee, reduced a majority of 17,000 to 4,000.
She said the party has shown that “with a radical, transformative manifesto and a leader who can inspire people up and down this country we can build something unbelievable. I’ve stood side by side with Jeremy Corbyn since day one and now might watch him become prime minister.”
Former shadow cabinet minister Luciana Berger, the parliamentary chair of JLM, extended her majority to a staggering 29,000 in Liverpool Wavertree. In Bassetlaw, John Mann, chair of the parliamentary committee against anti-Semitism, won a new majority of nearly 5,000.
Among the constituencies with the largest Jewish communities, Conservative Bob Blackman held off a Labour surge to retain his Harrow East seat.
Despite early predictions of gloom for Labour in Ilford North and Hampstead and Kilburn, Wes Streeting and Tulip Siddiq both won increased majorities, with the latter extending her margin from 1,000 to 15,000.
One of the community’s closest allies, Labour’s Ian Austin, narrowly got over the mark in Dudley north with 18,090 votes, just 22 ahead of his Tory rival’s 18,068.
Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan also had a successful election, increasing her her majority in Enfield North, with 28,177 votes, an increase of over 14% from 2015.
George Galloway, meanwhile, was third in Manchester Gorton with 2,615 votes. Labour’s Afzal Khan, who previously apologised for tweeting an article comparing Israel to the Nazis, took the seat.