Bob's timely election coverage 4: the "Jewish vote" and the "Jewish lobby"
May 2014: The Jewish vote is returning to Labour
Staying on the theme of the ethnic vote, this final bullet point is, in the greater scheme of things, one of the least significant here given that the Jewish vote in Britain is pretty negligible numerically. However, there were some interesting results in May. Ken Livingstone, a past master at manipulating ethnic machine votes, recently claimed that Jews are rich and therefore vote Tory, rather a crude generalisation that plays into antisemitic stereotypes: the kind of statement that has made Ken pretty unpopular with British Jews in the last decade or so.
In Redbridge, although Israeli-born Labour candidate Tal Ofer narrowly missed election in Fulwell ward, it seems likely that the surge to Labour that I looked at in the second post in this series may swing Ilford North parliamentary constituency from incumbent Jewish Conservative MP Lee Scott to Labour's Wes Streeting, whose time as NUS president saw him work closely with the Union of Jewish Students.
UKIP performed poorly in most of these areas (e.g. a Jewish UKIP candidate in Harrow finished nine out of ten) suggesting little resonance for UKIP’s xenophobia in the Jewish electorate, despite other demographic characteristics of these white flight suburbs - if you look at the maps in this post, you'll see that the more Jewish parts of London map on to red and some blue patches, and none of the purple suburbs.