Just 19 — and help­ing beat back the BNP

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

JEWISH CAN­DI­DATES gained coun­cil seats across the coun­try in last week’s lo­cal elec­tions, of­ten in wards where they fought off the BNP.

In Ep­ping For­est, Brian San­d­ley (Con­ser­va­tive) took the Chigwell Row ward, and 19-year-old Re­becca Co­hen won Loughton For­est for the Con­ser­va­tives. Ms Co­hen be­came the youngest per­son ever to win a seat on Ep­ping For­est Dis­trict Coun­cil.

“I’m ec­static,” she said. “I didn’t ex­pect to be elected be­cause I’m so young.”

Ms Co­hen, a bar­ris­ter’s clerk, ex­plained that she de­cided to be­come a coun­cil­lor due to the pres­ence of the BNP in her lo­cal area. “The BNP had six seats here and as a Jewish girl I don’t agree with their poli­cies and that’s what made me want to stand.”

In Bury, Michelle Wise­man, Con­ser­va­tive, won the Pilkington Park ward, while Sam Co­hen, also Con­ser­va­tive, was re-elected for the Unsworth ward. Mar­ried mother-of-three Mrs Wise­man is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Manch­ester Jewish Com­mu­nity Care and is also the Par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Bury South.

Mr Co­hen, a mem­ber of Bury He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, was first elected to the coun­cil in 1983.

In Hertsmere, just north of Lon­don, Linda Sil­ver, Con­ser­va­tive, held her seat in Bushey Park.

Transat­lantic air­line pilot Andrew Zucker (Con­ser­va­tive) took the Bore­ham­wood Brook­meader ward; Si­mon Pad­nick (Con­ser­va­tive) held onto his Alden­ham West seat, and Han­nah David also re­tained the Bore­ham­wood Hill­side ward. In Leeds, both of the Jewish can­di­dates who stood for elec­tion won their wards. Con­ser­va­tive Ron­ald Feld­man, first elected a coun­cil­lor in 1971, and a pre­vi­ous Lord Mayor of the city, snared the Al­wood­ley ward, while Lib­eral Demo­crat Mark Har­ris, a trustee of Leeds’s Si­nai Syn­a­gogue, took the Moor­town ward.

Also in the north of the coun­try, Ed­win Clein (LibDem) kept his Child­wall seat in Liver­pool. Beatrice Fraenkel, for­merly a LibDem coun­cil­lor for 22 years, de­fected to Labour and won Liver­pool’s Kirk­dale ward.

Harry Davies (LibDem), a mem­ber of North­wood and Pin­ner Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue, was re-elected for Three Rivers’ Chor­ley­wood West ward.

None of the four Jewish can­di­dates stand­ing in Sal­ford — three Con­ser­va­tives and one LibDem — won the seats that they were con­test­ing.

Re­becca Co­hen, the youngest Tory

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