De­feated can­di­dates may stand again

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

An­drew Dis­more, the for­mer Labour MP who fought two close con­tests against Tory Matthew Of­ford in 2010 and 2015, also said he would de­cide in the com­ing days whether to stand again.

An ex­clu­sive JC poll a year ago showed Jewish sup­port for Labour had col­lapsed after months of sto­ries about Jew-ha­tred in the party and Mr Cor­byn’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Holo­caust de­niers, ter­ror­ists and an­ti­semites.

At that time, 8.5 per cent of Bri­tish Jews said they would vote Labour in an elec­tion. The poll put Jewish sup­port for the Con­ser­va­tives at 66.5 per cent, with the Lib­eral Democrats on 3.8 per cent and Ukip on 1.9 per cent.

Among other Jewish MPs out­lin­ing their in­ten­tions, Con­ser­va­tives An­drew Percy, Jonathan Djano­gly, Robert Hal­fon, Michael Fabri­cant, Richard Har­ring­ton, Ju­lian Lewis, Michael El­lis, and Lucy Frazer all said they in­tended to de­fend their seats.

Sir Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset, had planned to re­tire from the Com­mons in 2020, but said he would stand in June.

Ju­lian Hup­pert, the Lib Dem who lost his Cam­bridge seat two years ago by 599 votes to Labour, will stand again.

John Ber­cow de­nied ru­mours he might re­tire and said he would also seek a re­turn as Speaker of the Com­mons.

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