What happened in the election?
The results of the 2015 UK general election in the 30 constituencies that are home to the largest Jewish populations in the country, show several developments are worth noting from a Jewish perspective.
An estimated two-thirds of British Jews live in these places, and local dynamics, as well as national ones, will play an important role in day-to-day life over the coming years.
THE JPR TABLE OF RESULTS provides an overview of the situation, and among the key insights are the following:
15 of these 30 seats are now held by the Conservatives, 14 by Labour, and one by the Scottish National Party. Previously, 17 were held by the Conservatives, 12 by Labour, and one by the Liberal Democrats.
Only four of the 30 constituencies saw a change in the ruling party: three were Labour gains (two from the Conservatives, one from the Liberal Democrats), and one was a SNP gain from Labour.
In 23 cases, the former Member of Parliament remains in place. Of the remaining seven, three stood down (James Clappison - Conservative, Hertsmere; Frank Dobson - Labour, Holborn and St Pancras; and Sir Malcolm Rifkind - Conservative, Kensington), and four lost their seats in the election (Lee Scott - Conservative, Ilford North; Lynne Featherstone - Liberal Democrat, Hornsey and Wood Green; Jim Murphy - Labour, Renfrewshire East; and Mike Weatherley - Conservative, Hove).
Of the 26 seats that were held, 18 MPs saw their majorities increase (eight Conservative seats and ten Labour seats), and eight saw their majorities decline (seven Conservative seats and one Labour).
14 of these constituencies could now be considered safe seats with majorities in excess of 10,000 votes. Eight of these are held by Labour (Hackney North and Stoke Newington; Blackley and Broughton; Hornsey and Wood Green; Tottenham; Gateshead; Holborn and St Pancras; Brent North; and Ilford South) and six by the Conservatives (Hertsmere; Epping Forest; Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner; Altrincham and Sale West; St Albans; and Chelsea and Fulham).
Four constituencies could now be considered marginals, with majorities of less than 2,000, and all of them are held by Labour - Hampstead and Kilburn, Ilford North, Westminster North and Hove.