Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems will discipline David Ward over Gaza tweet

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have condemned an MP who backed Hamas rockets being fired into Israel.

David Ward, the MP for Bradford East, tweeted on Tuesday evening: “The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes”

The statement was condemned by the party.

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Lib Dems say sorry over anti-Israel post

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

The Liberal Democrat Party has apologised after its Friends of Palestine group again posted antisemitic material on Facebook.

The group linked to a piece by antisemitic Israeli musician Gilad Atzmon which claimed "the time is ripe to cleanse British public life of Zionists and Jerusalemites".

Mr Atzmon's article referred to Ed Miliband's speech to Labour Friends of Israel last month.

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Mixed fortunes for Jewish candidates in local elections

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2014

The local election results have produced a mixture of outcomes for Jewish candidates and voters.

By Friday afternoon only a handful of councils with Jewish interest had returned their results.

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Lib Dems Palestine group says sorry over links to Holocaust denial website

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

The Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine group has apologised after it repeatedly posted links to a website which promotes Zionist conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

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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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