by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-05-06
As Labour wins an historic third term in power, Jewish MPs faced mixed results at this year's general election. Losing a seat in the east end was Labour's Oona King and making a comeback was veteran Tory Malcolm Rifkind in Kensington and Chelsea.
Tory leader Michael Howard kept his seat in Folkestone and doubled his majority to more than 12,000. Oliver Letwin, the shadow chancellor kept his seat in Dorset West.
Oona King's previously safe Bethnal Green and Bow seat in east London was won by Respect leader George Galloway.
Galloway said of the outgoing MP: ""Oona King is an able person who will be back in politics and in parliament. The defeat was not her defeat this evening. It was a defeat for Tony Blair and New Labour and all of the betrayals."
But the new MP for Bethnal Green and Bow who was expelled from the Labour party for attacking Tony Blair over Iraq added: "All the people you killed, all the lies you told, have come back to haunt you. The best thing the Labour party could do is sack you tomorrow morning."
Former Home Office minister Barbara Roche lost her previously safe seat in Hornsey and Wood Green in north London to the Liberal Democrats Lynne Featherstone.