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Anti-Israel David Ward finishes third in Bradford

David Ward – who fought Bradford East as an independent after being suspended by the Lib Dems early in the campaign – took just over 3,000 votes to finish in third behind victors Labour and the Conservatives.

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Bob Blackman keeps Harrow East

Conservative Bob Blackman held off a Labour surge to retain his Harrow East seat. Blackman’s 25,129 votes was enough to stave off Labour rival Navin Shah, who received 23,372 votes.

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Hannah David misses out again

Tory Hannah David missed out for the second consecutive election in Harrow West. Hannah got 17,326 votes, which was well short of her Conservative rival’s 30,640.

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Alex Sobel is latest Jewish MP

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.

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Ian Austin wins seat by just 22 votes

One of the community’s closest allies Ian Austin narrowly gets over the mark, with 18,090 votes to his Tory rival’s 18,068.

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Jewish voters abused in Stamford Hill

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Ruth Smeeth re-elected

Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth retains her seat in Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove. After her result she tweeted:

Luciana Berger re-elected in Liverpool

Jewish Labour politician Luciana Berger hugely increases majority with 34,717 votes, taking 79.6% of the vote in her constituency.

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Historian Simon Schama: ‘May is on life support’

Jewish historian Simon Schama tweets: “Hard Brexit dead; May on life support, democracy alive and kicking – a great thing”, as the Conservatives fail to win a majority, despite being the largest party.

Louise Ellman increases majority

Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman holds her Riverside Liverpool seat with 0,599 votes. Majority up from 24,463 to 35,947

Ivan Lewis wins in Bury South

Jewish Labour politician keeps hold of Manchester seat, with 27,165 votes, and an increased majority of 8.2%

Rhea Wolfson cuts SNP majority in Livingston

Jewish Labour activist Rhea Wolfson wins more than 17,000 seats in Livingston. In August 2016, Rhea was one of six people elected on to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. 

Wes Streeting re-elected

Labour MP and strong ally of the Jewish community holds onto Ilford North

Gerald Kaufman’s old seat retained by Labour

Labour’s Afzal Khan, who previously apologised for tweeting an article comparing Israel to the Nazis, becomes the new MP for Manchester Gorton. The seat was formerly held by anti-Israel Jewish MP Gerald Kaufman, who passed away earlier in 2017.

Firebrand anti-Zionist politician and former Labour MP George Galloway, meanwhile, was third in Manchester Gorton with 2,615 votes.

Jewish Labour MP Fabian Hamilton holds his seat

Speaker John Bercow re-elected

Jewish MP John Bercow holds onto his seat

LFI Chair Joan Ryan holds her seat

Ian Austin facing tight race to hold seat

One of the community’s strongest allies is faving a tough race to hold his seat of Dudley North

Hendon and Finchley & Golders Green remain blue

Mike Freer and Matthew Offord have retained the two seats with the largest Jewish communities but saw their majorities dramatically slashed by the chair and vice-chair of the Jewish Labour Movement.

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Exit poll: Conservatives to lose overall majority

Theresa May’s gamble on a snap election looks set to cost her overall control of the House of Commons, according to the BBC/Sky/ITV exit poll.

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Christian-Jewish forum’s interfaith manifesto

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis casts his vote

Jewish Care helps 102-year old Rose to vote

Jewish Care help 102-year-old Rose Bliss to the ballot box, to vote in Thursday’s General election.

Rose is the oldest Jewish Care resident who chose to vote in person, rather than by post, and she told Jewish News: “it’s something I have always done”.

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Jewish human rights group say vote to help refugees

Holocaust educators urge voting

Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust and Olivia Marks-Woldman of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust encourage followers to go to the ballot box

LFI help chair’s campaign

Edgware rabbi urges voting

Students share voting snaps on social

Human rights charity to voters: ‘Use your rights’


West London Synagogue is polling station for the day

One of the community’s Reform shuls becomes a centre of democracy for the day

West London Synagogue is ready for your vote! #election #dontforgettovote #exerciseyourrighttovote

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JCC North London: Use your ‘strong Jewish voice’

Diane Abbott and her quote of many errors…

“There will definitely be eight years of plenty followed by one year of famine… er… no… 10 years of plenty and two days of famine…?”abbott_low_res

Hamas says ‘yes to terror’ as Britain elects

BREAKING: Exit poll in Golders Green…

“The exit poll in Golders Green hasn’t given us any clues about the outcome, but we do know that Sadie Blumenthal’s son is a doctor, Dolly Cohen just got back from Eilat and Golda Greenberg’s daughter is a terrible disappointment!”


Board of Deputies urges community to vote

UJS president urges students to vote

CST urge the community to get out and vote

Should faith guide our politics?

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz reflects on the importance of faith in making political decisions

Meet the candidates!

Throughout the General Election campaign, Jewish News has previewed candidates standing in constituencies with a significant Jewish population.

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Lord Dubs campaigns in Golders Green

Labour peer helps Jeremy Newmark campaign, calling out Prime Minister Theresa May’s stance on refugees.

Who are the Jewish candidates running in the General Election?

Our parters, The Times of Israel look at Jewish candidates running for Labour and the Conservatives:

Tory Jews are nursing huge majorities in safe seats, and will likely be returned to Parliament this week

Posted by The Times of Israel on Wednesday, 7 June 2017

All chipper in Chipping Barnet

Slow trickle of voters in and out of a polling station in Chipping Barnet, where Theresa Villiers looks set to be re-elected.

Slow trickle of voters in and out of a polling station in Chipping Barnet, where Theresa Villiers looks set to be re-elected.

More than 200 candidates sign Israel pledge to oppose BDS

Initiative set up by two pro-Israel grassroots movements, to garner support for the Jewish state amongst prospective MPs

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Lord Dubs attacks Theresa May’s refugee policy

Labour peer criticises the government’s failure to help child refugees, whilst campaigning in Finchley and Golders Green

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Meet the Jewish Labour voters torn over Corbyn ahead of election day

Jewish News speaks to community members who traditionally back Labour, to find out whether leader Jeremy Corbyn will affect their voting intentions

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Zac Goldsmith election placard defaced with swastika

Conservative Party election material vandalised with Nazi symbol, ahead of polling day on Thursday

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Party leaders’ messages to the community before the General Election

Watch Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Tim Farron address the community as the country goes to the polls on June 8.

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Theresa May writes exclusively for Jewish News: ‘I’ll be your community’s champion’

With just days before the election, British Prime Minister makes pledges on issues which matter most to the community including shechita, security and faith schools

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General Election 2017 Latest: Anti-Israel David Ward finishes third in Bradford

Jewish human rights group say vote to help refugees