The General Election

During the course of the past three months I have been covering the run-up to the general election in Britain, due to take place on May 7.

I’ve interviewed a series of leading politicians, candidates and others involved in key seats and constituencies for what is likely to be a remarkable election.

The leading piece from my coverage was this interview with Labour leader Ed Miliband.

We discussed his approach to Israel and the Palestinians, antisemitism in Britain, and his views on personalities including British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, and American comedian Larry David.

I also looked at the chances of a number of Jewish MPs who are standing again for election to the House of Commons.

Those in the running include Luciana Berger, Grant Shapps and Commons speaker John Bercow.

There was also analysis of the leading party manifestos and the political approach to key Jewish issues relating to life in Britain, and also policy on Israel.

An exclusive Jewish Chronicle poll conducted by Survation provided fascinating detail on the view of Labour, the Conservatives, David Cameron and Mr Miliband. Read my analysis here.

Much of my work ahead of polling day has focussed on leading candidates in a series of constituencies essential to the parties’ chances and of key interest to British Jews.

In the Finchley and Golders Green seat I spoke to Tory incumbent Mike Freer and his challenger, Labour’s Sarah Sackman.

Over in Essex, I met Labour’s promising young candidate Wes Streeting, who hopes to oust Tory MP Lee Scott.

There was a similar story to be heard in Harrow East, where Labour’s Uma Kumaran is taking on Bob Blackman.

One of the tightest contests in 2010 was in Hampstead and Kilburn, where Oscar-winner Glenda Jackson held her seat by just 42 votes. It won’t be as close this time, but the fight between Labour’s Tulip Siddiq, Tory Simon Marcus, and the fascinating Lib Dem candidate Maajid Nawaz has been brilliant to watch.

In Hertsmere, the seat which is home to one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the country, David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff, Oliver Dowden, is assured of victory.

Less straightforward will be former Labour minister Ivan Lewis’ attempt to hold Bury South, where he is up against Daniel Critchlow.

Across the Pennines in Yorkshire, Labour’s Fabian Hamilton is battling to stay in Parliament in the constituency of Leeds North East. He is challenged by Tory Simon Wilson.

And on a lighter note, meet the oldest candidate in the country, independent 85-year-old Doris Osen.