Liberal Democrats

Lib Dem Tim Farron says Israel was 'disproportionate' over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2015

In an earlier version of this story, we wrongly quoted Mr Farron as describing David Ward as "a good MP", omitting the word "constituency".
We apologise for the error.

The frontrunner in the race to be leader of the Liberal Democrats has described Israel’s actions during the Gaza war as “disproportionate”.

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My supporters voted Labour to block Tory win, says beaten Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Ousted Liberal Democrat minister Lynne Featherstone has thanked supporters as she bowed out of Parliament.

Ms Featherstone was the most senior Jewish woman in the coalition government but lost her seat in north London’s Hornsey and Wood Green constituency to Labour.

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For what they’re worth, you can take comfort from these paper promises

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Election manifestos rarely throw up great surprises. Almost every detail is stage-managed, policy-advised, and leaked to the media.

But pro-Palestinian voices in Labour could be forgiven for thinking they had been short-changed when they read their party’s policy document on Monday morning.

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Lib Dems manifesto condemns Israel and Hamas over ‘disproportionate force’

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their policy on Israel and the Palestinians as part of their general election manifesto.

The party said it remained committed to a two-state solution to the conflict, and condemned “disproportionate force used by all sides”.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg unveiled the policy document at an event in London on Wednesday morning.

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Meet the election candidate who 'does not have time' to campaign

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2015

The Liberal Democrats are fielding a candidate in the constituency with the country’s fastest-growing Jewish community who refuses to talk to the media.

Sophie Bowler is standing for the party in Hertsmere, a Conservative safe seat which encompasses Borehamwood, Elstree and Radlett.

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I hope David Ward loses his seat over anti-Israel remarks, says Lib Dem peer

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2015

Liberal Democrat peer Sarah Ludford says she hopes David Ward - an MP belonging to her own party - loses his seat at the general election, claiming that his controversial tweets about Benjamin Netanyahu had “tipped over from anti-Israel to antisemitism”.

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England's tightest seat may not be so close this time

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2015

Forty-two votes. Glenda Jackson's winning margin in Hampstead and Kilburn five years ago could hardly have been tighter.

It was England's closest constituency result at the last general election. The third-placed Liberal Democrats were only 841 votes behind, making the seat a genuine three-way marginal.

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Interview: Tim Farron

By Charlotte Henry, February 26, 2015

Tim Farron, the likeable Lake District MP heavily tipped to be the next Liberal Democrat leader, is his party's new spokesman on foreign affairs and he clearly relishes the challenge.

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Nick Clegg pledges to continue Jewish school security funding

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

The Liberal Democrats will protect funding for security measures in Jewish schools if the party returns to government after May’s election, Nick Clegg has announced.

The Deputy Prime Minister said his party would guarantee the continuation of the £2.3m funding the Department for Education provides.

Jewish state schools use the money to provide additional security measures.

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Lib Dem candidate will offer pro-Israel voice in election battle

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A series of controversial episodes involving Israel and the Jewish community should not hamper the Liberal Democrats’ election hopes in Finchley and Golders Green, the party’s candidate believes.

Jonathan Davies, vice-chairman of the party’s Friends of Israel group, was selected last week to contest his local parliamentary seat.

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