United Kingdom

Gaza’s impact on UK election indicates growing influence of Muslim vote 

(Charles Collins. The Catholic Herald).

One of the most notable features among the twists and turns of the UK’s 4 July General Election was the impact of ongoing events in the Middle East.

My local Member of Parliament, Jonathan Ashworth MP, lost a close vote to independent candidate Shockat Adam. Adam secured 14,739 votes, beating Ashworth’s 13,760 votes – a very slim margin, but enough to unseat a sitting MP.And Ashworth wasn’t a small fish. He had been in office since 2011, after he replaced Peter Soulsby, the Labour Party member who had served since 2005. South Leicester was considered a safe seat for him – in 2019, he won 67 per cent of the vote.