Lobley Hill and Bensham ward, in Gateshead in the north-east, has a large Orthodox Jewish community – and a quickly-increasing one, according to the Jewish Times.
On Thursday the ward voted, along with hundreds of others across England, in the local council elections.
The BBC has wasted no opportunity to portray results in Barnet, at the other end of England, as linked to perceived antisemitism in the Labour Party. Yet the people of Lobley Hill and Bensham increased their Labour vote – by over thirteen percent compared to the last elections in 2014.
From 48.1% in 2014 to 62.1% this week. The actual count almost doubled from 478 votes to 867.
The media would be doing its job if it reported on such facts and at least questioned whether their narrative stands up – or whether there might be other, local reasons a number of Labour councillors in Barnet lost their seats.
It has not been doing its job.
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