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April 7, 2015 6:09 pm

British Jews Overwhelmingly Support Conservative Party in Upcoming Elections

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JNS.orgBritish Jews overwhelmingly support the Conservative Party and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in the upcoming national elections next month.

According to a poll conducted by the Jewish Chronicle, 69 percent of Jewish voters said they would support the Conservative Party, while only 22 percent said they would vote for the Labour Party. Only two percent of Jewish voters said they would vote for the Liberal Democrats or the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

In addition, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron enjoys substantial support from the British Jewish community, which favors him at 64 percent, compared to only 13 percent for his counterpart Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

For many British Jews, the political parties’ attitudes towards Israel were also “very” or “quite” important influences on how they would vote, with 65 percent saying that Cameron had a good approach to Israel and only 10 percent favoring Miliband’s approach.

Despite being born to Jewish parents, Miliband has been heavily criticized by the British Jewish community for his Labour Party’s hard stances on Israel, including introducing non-binding legislation last year calling on the U.K. to recognize Palestinian statehood.

The general election in the U.K. will be held on May 7 with opinion polls suggesting a narrow lead for the Conservative Party over Labour. However, the far-right UKIP has seen its popularity surge, potentially drawing away voters from the Conservative Party.

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  • Eric R.

    It is my understanding the British Jews, unlike their American, French and Canadian counterparts, have tended to vote right of center historically, since Labour tended to back working class people and Jews were merchants, professionals and otherwise middle class. As I have been told, this shifted under Blair but despite having a kapo running Labour, Jews will not vote for it.

    And the LDP? Please! That party is so full of frothing, Islamo-nazi-loving Jew-haters it makes Nick Griffin and the BNP seem Zionist by comparison.

  • While Ed and David Miliband have two Jewish parents, David Cameron has a Jewish great grandfather and a Jewish ancestor further back who was a rabbinical scholar. Although Cameron is a better friend of Israel, more importantly Cameron is seen as better for the economy, and this is a major factor in any election. Cameron has also said he will have a referendum on whether to stay in the EU or leave. The European human rights law seems to favour terrorists over the society they terrorise. EU law also allows any citizen in the 28 EU countries to travel anywhere in the EU, taking jobs and benefits. Turkey has applied to join the EU, but there has been strong opposition in Europe. Imagine 75 million Muslims free to move anywhere in Europe!!!