Liberal Democrats

Interview: Tim Farron

By Charlotte Henry, February 26, 2015

Tim Farron, the likeable Lake District MP heavily tipped to be the next Liberal Democrat leader, is his party's new spokesman on foreign affairs and he clearly relishes the challenge.


Nick Clegg pledges to continue Jewish school security funding

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

The Liberal Democrats will protect funding for security measures in Jewish schools if the party returns to government after May’s election, Nick Clegg has announced.

The Deputy Prime Minister said his party would guarantee the continuation of the £2.3m funding the Department for Education provides.

Jewish state schools use the money to provide additional security measures.


Lib Dem candidate will offer pro-Israel voice in election battle

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A series of controversial episodes involving Israel and the Jewish community should not hamper the Liberal Democrats’ election hopes in Finchley and Golders Green, the party’s candidate believes.

Jonathan Davies, vice-chairman of the party’s Friends of Israel group, was selected last week to contest his local parliamentary seat.


Vince Cable backs down over proposed closure of Holocaust fund

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable has reversed a decision to consider closing a compensation scheme for Holocaust victims as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Dr Cable had initially asked Shoah groups for their views on whether to end the Enemy Property Payment Scheme, or find a cheaper way to run it.


David Ward could lose Lib Dem whip again, says party’s senior Jewish minister

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2015

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward could be stripped of the party whip for his offensive tweets about Jews and Israel, according to the party’s most senior Jewish minister.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Bradford East MP was treading a “thin line” with his regular attacks on social media.


Nick Clegg urged to act against David Ward over Netanyahu tweets

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has called on the leader of the Liberal Democrats to take action against David Ward, over comments about Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence at Sunday’s unity rally in France.

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu joined other world leaders in Paris to show solidarity following the terrorist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket .


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.


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.


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.


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."