Finchley and Golders Green: Leader of Jewish Labour to challenge Mike Freer for Barnet seat

National Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement Jeremy Newmark. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA

National Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement Jeremy Newmark. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The chairman of Jewish Labour has been selected as the candidate for Finchley and Golders Green in the upcoming general election.

Jeremy Newmark, who is the previous CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council and a former spokesman for Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, will represent the Labour Party on June 8.

Announcing his selection, Mr Newmark said he was “proud” to have been picked.

He added: “I will fight against a reckless extreme Tory Brexit and I will work tirelessly to let local people know that this election is a choice between a Labour Party that will stand up for local people or a Conservative Party that only looks after the privileged few.

“The Tories have overseen the biggest cuts to our public services in a generation. The NHS and social care are in crisis. Schools in Barnet are threatened with budget reductions of £500 per pupil.

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“The Conservatives have closed every police station in the constituency and removed nearly 200 police officers and PCSOs from Barnet, putting our safety at risk.”

He will go up against incumbent Conservative MP Mike Freer and fellow challengers Adele Ward from the Greens and Jonathan Davies from the Liberal Democrats.

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Mr Newmark was one of many Labour members to call for the expulsion of former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone after his comments suggesting Adolf Hitler once supported Zionism.

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