Liberal Democrats

Tories should have no place for Aidan Burley

January 30, 2014

We will leave others to judge whether or not Aidan Burley misled the Conservative Party’s inquiry into his behaviour – although the evidence produced by the Mail on Sunday is damning. But even on his own terms, Mr Burley admits hiring the Nazi uniform worn at the now infamous stag do.

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Senior Lib Dem meets communal leaders over Ward

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2013

Liberal Democrat chief whip Don Foster has met Jewish communal leaders to discuss the party’s controversial MP David Ward.

Representatives of the Board of Deputies, Community Security Trust and Jewish Leadership Council attended the session in Westminster on Wednesday last week.

Mr Foster is understood to have lavished praise on CST’s work to combat antisemitism.

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Dear Nick Clegg, we need to talk about David Ward

By Daniel Finkelstein, November 29, 2013

Dear Deputy Prime Minister,

As I hope you know by now, I have great respect for you. I believe it took substantial courage and imagination to agree to the coalition deal and to see it through in the way that you have.

So I write now in full confidence of your goodwill and your willingness and ability to do what is right.

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Lib Dems refuse to act on Ward’s Board remark

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2013

No action is to be taken by the Liberal Democrats following the latest in a series of controversial comments made by one of the party’s MPs.

Backbencher David Ward wrote on Twitter this week that it was a “shame there isn’t a powerful, well-funded Board of Deputies for Roma”.

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Party over for political Friends of Israel groups

By Martin Bright, September 23, 2013

When my old friend Sunder Katwala was head of the centre-left Fabian Society he had one of his many bright ideas.

Tired of the sniping and bitterness that had poisoned the debate over the Middle East in Britain, he suggested that no senior Labour politician should appear at a meeting held by Labour Friends of Israel unless it was jointly held with Labour Friends of Palestine.

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Lib Dems get Israel warning

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2013

Critics of Israel must ensure they do not engage in antisemitic discourse, the Liberal Democrat chief whip has warned.

Alistair Carmichael — whose comments came ahead of a Lib Dem Friends of Israel event at the party’s conference in Glasgow — also confirmed that fellow MP David Ward had been readmitted to the party.

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Why Nick Clegg is in the wrong job

By Martin Bright, September 17, 2013

It has always been something of a mystery why Nick Clegg didn’t demand a serious job for himself in government, settling instead for a seat around the Cabinet table and the meaningless title of Deputy Prime Minister. A Coalition deal that looked canny for the Lib Dem leader at the outset now looks like electoral poison.

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Lib Dem MP calls for closer ties with high-tech Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP has pledged to increase links between high-tech businesses in Israel and his own Cambridge constituency.

Julian Huppert said there were a number of similarities between firms operating in Israel’s technology industries and those in Cambridgeshire’s so-called “Silicon Fen”. He felt that companies on both sides could benefit from better co-operation.

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Ward may lose Lib Dem whip

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Controversial MP David Ward may not have the Liberal Democract whip reinstated following his offensive comments about Israel and Jews, the party has suggested.

A spokesman said the situation would be “revisited when all parties return to Westminster” at the end of the summer recess.

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Lib Dems divided over support for David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

A majority of Liberal Democrat supporters believe MP David Ward’s controversial comments about Israel and the Jews were wrong, according to a poll of party members.

But a majority also oppose the party leadership’s decision to withdraw the whip from the Bradford East MP.

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