Rabbi wins Tory seat

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAY GRENBY

EL­STREE AND Bore­ham­wood emer­i­tus min­is­ter Rabbi Alan Plancey has an ex­tended con­gre­ga­tion af­ter winning the Bore­ham­wood North seat for the Tories in a Hert­ford­shire County Coun­cil by-elec­tion.

In his new role he will draw on the peo­ple skills honed dur­ing more than 30 years as a com­mu­nity rabbi.

“I don’t want them to go to waste and now I am go­ing to em­ploy them for the ben­e­fit of the whole com­mu­nity,” he said.

The poll was trig­gered by the death of Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Martin Hey­wood — “a good friend of mine and al­ways a very good friend to the Jewish com­mu­nity”. Coun­cil­lor Hey­wood’s wife was among those who urged Rabbi Plancey to stand.

A long-time cham­pion of the Tories and a keen sup­porter of cur­rent Hertsmere MP James Clap­pi­son and his pre­de­ces­sor Lord Parkin­son, Rabbi Plancey main­tains that as he is no longer a serv­ing rabbi, “I am free to en­gage in pol­i­tics on my own ac­count”.

His victory had been “a com­mu­nity vote, not a Jewish vote”.

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