By Jonathan Hoffman
February 21, 2013
At the last Board of Deputies meeting I suggested that until the LibDems deal properly with David Ward MP, decent people should have nothing to do with the LibDems and should not vote for them. The next speaker was Jonathan Davies who is a Vice Chair of LibDem Friends of Israel. He accused me of being 'party political'.
Nothing is further from the truth.
I am on record as speaking out against antisemitic remarks from members of all three Parties.
Mr Davies' comment was a personal attack and as such I was entitled (Standing Order 24) to raise a Point of Order. But the President - completely incorrectly - refused to allow me to do this. I asked Mr Davies to apologise but he refused.
Mr Davies' attempt to belittle the gravity of the Ward comment by accusing me of making a 'party political' point speaks volumes about the failure of the LibDems to deal adequately with Ward's antisemitic comment.