Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems could be a real alternative

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2016

In the hubbub around party conference season, few leading politicians covered themselves in glory.

Labour continued to squabble over Zionism, antisemitism and the Holocaust.

The Tories had their own problems in relation to foreign workers and controversial speakers.

Only the Liberal Democrats managed to steer their ship through without a scandal running them aground.


Tim Farron defends Lib Dem approach to Jew-hate, as Tory leader fails to attend inquiry

By Marcus Dysch, October 13, 2016

Tim Farron has told a parliamentary inquiry the Liberal Democrats is a party “that does not tolerate antisemitism”.

Pressed to explain the action taken against Lib Dems who have made offensive remarks about Jews in the past, the party leader said he had worked to reach out to the Jewish community.


Alienated by Corbyn? Come home to the Lib Dems, says leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

The Liberal Democrats will be a "warm home" for Jews who have been alienated by Labour's antisemitism crisis, according to Tim Farron.

Describing his "very sincere" desire to offer the community a centre-left alternative, the Lib Dem leader is promoting his party as the only option for Jewish Labour activists who feel they cannot support Jeremy Corbyn.


Lib Dems speak to ex-MP David Ward after he backs Naz Shah antisemitic comments

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2016

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed that former MP David Ward has been reminded of the party’s stance against antisemitism after he backed a Labour MP’s Jew-hate comments.

Mr Ward was elected as a Lib Dem councillor in Bradford in last Thursday’s local elections.


From Center Parcs to City Hall for Caroline?

By Sandy Rashty, April 14, 2016

The Liberal Democrat candidate to be Mayor of London does not want to talk details - at least those directly affecting the Jewish community.

Over coffee at the party's Westminster office, Caroline Pidgeon is happy to discuss her plans for more affordable housing, childcare and apprenticeships.


Why Corbyn is making Lib Dems smile

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2015

Supporters of Israel could find a warm welcome in the new-look Liberal Democrats, party members suggested this week.

The election of Tim Farron as party leader following the crushing general election result in May - in which the party was reduced to eight MPs after losing 49 seats - was said to provide a new opportunity for previously disenchanted Israel advocates to return to the fold.


Ben Rich appointed interim chief of staff for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2015

The Board of Deputies’ communications consultant is to leave his role to run the office of new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.

Ben Rich, a public relations specialist, worked with Mr Farron during the party’s leadership contest during the past three months.


Charles Kennedy was ‘great friend of Jews and Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Mr Kennedy had a warm relationship with the Jewish community during his time leading the party and also as an MP during his long political career.


Netanyahu warns Blatter that expelling Israel will destroy Fifa

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that banning Israel from Fifa would lead to the destruction of world football's governing body.

A motion to expel Israel, proposed by the Palestinian Football Association, was due to be discussed today at Fifa's congress in Zurich.


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”.