Tens of thousands of religiously observant Jews will be unable to go to a polling station to vote on 14 October if a general election is called for that day, critics have warned.

The date slated for a proposed election clashes with the first day of Succot, a Jewish religious festival.

Observant Jews cannot vote on this day because activities associated with work – including writing – are banned on major festivals.

Number 10 has not yet commented.

David Landy, a religiously observant Jew who lives in Hendon, north-west London, will not vote in person if an election is held on that day.

He says: “I am astounded that someone at No 10 has not got access to a Jewish calendar.”

Mr Landy, a married chartered surveyor with three children, adds:

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