Liberal Democrats

Why Nick Clegg is in the wrong job

By Martin Bright, September 17, 2013

It has always been something of a mystery why Nick Clegg didn’t demand a serious job for himself in government, settling instead for a seat around the Cabinet table and the meaningless title of Deputy Prime Minister. A Coalition deal that looked canny for the Lib Dem leader at the outset now looks like electoral poison.

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Lib Dem MP calls for closer ties with high-tech Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP has pledged to increase links between high-tech businesses in Israel and his own Cambridge constituency.

Julian Huppert said there were a number of similarities between firms operating in Israel’s technology industries and those in Cambridgeshire’s so-called “Silicon Fen”. He felt that companies on both sides could benefit from better co-operation.

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Ward may lose Lib Dem whip

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Controversial MP David Ward may not have the Liberal Democract whip reinstated following his offensive comments about Israel and Jews, the party has suggested.

A spokesman said the situation would be “revisited when all parties return to Westminster” at the end of the summer recess.

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Lib Dems divided over support for David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

A majority of Liberal Democrat supporters believe MP David Ward’s controversial comments about Israel and the Jews were wrong, according to a poll of party members.

But a majority also oppose the party leadership’s decision to withdraw the whip from the Bradford East MP.

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Nick Clegg reveals frustration over David Ward's Israel comments

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has revealed his frustration over controversial MP David Ward's comments on Israel.

Mr Clegg said he had discussed the issue with the Bradford East representative until he was "blue in the face".

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Suspension of Liberal Democrat MP David Ward is ‘too little, too late’

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2013

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of a “token and empty gesture” after the party removed the whip from MP David Ward for the duration of Parliament’s summer recess.

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David Ward is tip of a toxic iceberg for the Lib Dems

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2013

After months of reports about his involvement in an increasingly bizarre series of incidents, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored at Old Trafford. In celebration, he raised his shirt, revealing a vest emblazoned with the words: “Why always me?”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg may well be asking himself the same question — but he has no right to.

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Liberal Democrats suspend whip from David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn the party whip from David Ward following a series of offensive comments made by the MP.

Mr Ward accused “the Jews” of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians” ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

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Liberal Democrats in turmoil over David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2013

The disciplinary process against a Liberal Democrat MP who accused “the Jews” of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians” is in disarray after two peers pulled out of a meeting aimed at resolving the issue.

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Nick Clegg under fire over David Ward discipline delay

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

The Liberal Democrats have been criticised for claiming the party would tackle racial discrimination while stalling on its own response to offensive comments made by one of the party’s MPs.

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