Liberal Democrats

Journalist quits Lib Dems

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

A Jewish political journalist has resigned from the Liberal Democrats, saying she will not continue "tacitly accepting antisemitism" by remaining in the party.

Charlotte Henry, who writes for the Independent on Sunday, condemned the party for it stance on anti-Israel Lib Dem MP David Ward.

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Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone takes Home Office job

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2014

Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone has replaced Norman Baker as crime prevention minister in the Home Office.

The Jewish MP has been moved from her role in the Department for International Development following Mr Baker’s resignation on Monday.

He quit after claiming a series of clashes with Home Secretary Theresa May over drugs policies.

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Lib Dem Friends attack Bibi new home plans

By Josh Jackman, October 31, 2014

A senior figure in a prominent pro-Israel group has spoken out about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to expand existing settlements in East Jerusalem.

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Lib Dems won't act over 'Israel control' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2014

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward will not face disciplinary action after using Twitter to post an Israel-related message which included an antisemitic trope.

Mr Ward took to Twitter on Saturday night, telling followers: "After Commons Palestine vote what next? Need to expose Pro-Israel control of MPs against recognition."

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Lib Dems will not take action over David Ward's 'Israel control' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2014

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward will not face disciplinary action after using Twitter to post an Israel-related message which included an antisemitic trope.

Mr Ward took to Twitter on Saturday night, telling followers: “After Commons Palestine vote what next? Need to expose Pro-Israel control of MPs against recognition.”

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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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