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Finchley and Golders Green MP Sarah Sackman and Hendon's representative David Pinto-Duschinsky are among the newly elected Jewish Labour MPs.

At least 13 Jewish MPs were present in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon as parliament reconvened following Labour’s sweeping general election victory.

Labour now boasts 12 Jewish MPs seated on the government benches, including eight newcomers, highlighting Keir Starmer’s party's remarkable success.

In contrast, the Conservatives experienced one of their worst elections, with Sir Julian Lewis from New Forest East being their sole Jewish representative.

For Labour, new MPs include Sarah Sackman (Finchley and Golders Green) and David Pinto-Duschinsky (Hendon), who secured his seat by a mere 15 votes.

Georgia Gould (Queens Park and Maida Vale), Ben Coleman (Chelsea and Fulham), NHS surgeon Peter Prinsley (Bury St Edmunds), and Josh Simons (Makerfield) also joined the Labour ranks. Matthew Patrick from the Wirral further strengthened Labour's Jewish representation.

Returning MPs include Alex Sobel (Leeds Central and Headingley) and Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East). Damien Egan reclaimed Bristol North East for Labour after winning the seat in a by-election. Former Labour leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Ed Miliband, added to the tally of Jewish Labour MPs. Charlotte Nichols was re-elected in Warrington North.

Tuesday’s formal reopening of the Commons saw Sir Lindsay Hoyle re-elected as Speaker following a unanimous vote. Diane Abbott was confirmed as Mother of the House, the longest continuously serving female MP, alongside Father of the House Sir Edward Leigh.

Abbott had been suspended over antisemitism claims due to a letter to the Observer but was allowed to stand for her seat in Hackney North and Stoke Newington after receiving a formal warning and being required to complete an “antisemitism awareness course.”

In his first Commons speech as Prime Minister, Keir Starmer called for a commitment to service over self-interest, praising Abbott for her long-standing career. Rishi Sunak, speaking from the opposition front bench, acknowledged Abbott as a "trailblazer" for women of color.

Alongside the 13 Jewish MPs, staunch allies of the Jewish community were newly elected for Labour, including Luke Akehurst in North Durham and Dan Tomlinson in Chipping Barnet. Photo by UK Parliament, Wikimedia commons.