Liberal Democrats

Clegg orders David Ward to meet Lib Dem Friends of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2013

The Liberal Democrat party has demanded that Bradford East MP David Ward meet members of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel and remove from his website allegations that "the Jews" had failed to properly learn the lessons of the Holocaust.

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Ward affair erodes support for LibDems after Tonge

By Martin Bright, February 21, 2013

The David Ward affair continues to rumble on, driving a further wedge between the Liberal Democrats and the UK Jewish population. The party has acted to give the Bradford East MP what Nick Clegg has described as a "yellow card". But it is unclear what purpose this was intended to serve.

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Lib Dems could remove whip from 'the Jews' MP David Ward

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2013

Senior Liberal Democrats are considering removing the whip from MP David Ward in the wake of his repeated slurs against Jews and Israel.

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Clegg questioned on Liberal Democrat action over David Ward

By Jennifer Lipman, February 12, 2013

Nick Clegg failed to confirm what if any action would be taken by his party against MP David Ward over his string of remarks about the Jews, the Jewish community and Israel.

The Deputy Prime Minister, questioned in parliament about the Bradford East MP's conduct, said: "Everybody is duty bound to choose their words carefully and tread carefully when entering into this very heated debate."

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A Scarfe won’t Ward off the cold

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 12, 2013

Look, I know we're all supposed to be beside ourselves with anger over That Cartoon. I know That Cartoon has given rise to a communal uproar - a rare instance of almost total communal unity, our righteous outrage dutifully articulated by the Board of Deputies, the JLC, CST and so on.

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David Ward digs deeper, backed by Chomsky

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2013

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has stated that it is "important to ask" whether Israel's behaviour toward the Palestinians is "because of the Holocaust".

Asked on Twitter whether he thought "agents of the Israeli state are doing such things because of the Holocaust?" the Bradford East MP said he did not know.

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Lib Dems promise to deal with David Ward's latest comments about Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community have raised the question of MP David Ward’s string of comments about Jews during a meeting with Liberal Democrat chief whip Alastair Carmichael.

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Sunday Times apologises over cartoon but Ward unrepentant

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

The Sunday Times dedicated its editorial last weekend to apologising for “crossing the line” after publishing a cartoon depicting the Israeli prime minister “revelling in the blood of Palestinians” on Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Ward backs Israel boycott as Clegg defends Lib Dem action

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2013

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has defended the action taken by the party over MP David Ward's attack on "the Jews".

Nick Clegg, questioned on David Ward's comments during his weekly LBC phone-in show, denied that he had not been tough enough.

"I stand by his apology," said Mr Clegg. "He was right to apologise because he was wrong."

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David Ward blames pro-Israel 'machine' for HMD comment controversy

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2013

The Liberal Democrat MP who was disciplined by his party's chief whip last week for accusing "the Jews" of failing to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has blamed "a huge operation" of Israel supporters for the controversy.

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