Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg: Britain is united in fight against Islamic State

By JC Reporter, October 8, 2014

Nick Clegg has pledged that Britain will not be intimidated by jihadist extremists, saying that the country is united in the fight against Islamic State.

Making the keynote speech at his party’s conference, the Liberal Democrat leader described Isil as a brutal organisation that was perverting Islam.

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Lib Dems on both sides of the divide

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

The Liberal Democrats wrapped up the party political conference season with events reflecting both sides of the Middle East conflict.

Lib Dem ministers had pushed for an arms embargo to be imposed on Israel during the Gaza conflict, but the issue was not discussed in any depth in the conference hall, with delegates in Glasgow concentrating on prospects for next year's general election.

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Lib Dems try to shore up votes with Gaza hard line

By Robert Philpot, October 2, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Democrat annual conference will clash with Yom Kippur. As journalist and party member Charlotte Henry noted in a piece for the Spectator's blog in July, this repeated unhappy coincidence suggests not simply "a cultural blindspot over the Jewish community", but a party that is "telling a community that you don't really pay them much attention".

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It's naive to think David Ward is the true voice of the Lib Dem's on Israel

By Gavin Stollar, August 28, 2014

The past two months have been hard. Hard for anyone who cares about Israel.

As chairman of the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI), my job, like all Israel's advocates, has been hard, but it is, also, a privilege with great responsibility.

In our party, LDFI is a key conduit to the UK Jewish community and on all matters related to Israel and Palestine.

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Lib Dems won’t discipline David Ward over Gaza rocket tweet

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The Liberal Democrats will not take disciplinary action against an MP who said he would “probably” fire a rocket if he lived in Gaza.

Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted last month: “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes.”

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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The government’s decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza was the cause of a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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UK 'will suspend 12 arms export licences to Israel if war restarts'

By Marcus Dysch, August 12, 2014

The government has identified 12 arms export licences for equipment to Israel which it says it will suspend if the current ceasefire with Gaza collapses.

A review of licences conducted by the Business, Innovation and Skills department has concluded that the vast majority are not for items that could be used by the Israel Defence Force in operations in Gaza.

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Lib Dem MP David Ward reported to police over Gaza

By JC Reporter, July 24, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has been reported to the police after suggesting that he would probably fire rockets at Israel if he was living in Gaza.

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Lib Dems wavering over disciplinary action for David Ward

By Daniel Easterman, July 23, 2014

Liberal Democarat MP David Ward has apologised for his Twitter comment that he would also probably fire rockets against Israel if he was living in Gaza.

He said: "I condemn the actions of Hamas and my comments were not in support of firing rockets into Israel. If they gave the opposite impression, I apologise."

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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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