Liberal Democrats

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.


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The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn the party whip from David Ward following a series of offensive comments made by the MP.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


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.


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.


Doing nothing

May 30, 2013

If it wasn't so serious, the LibDems' farcical handling of David Ward would be prime fodder for The Thick Of It. To recap: Mr Ward announced that "the Jews" had not sufficiently learned the lesson of the Holocaust. In response, the LibDems did precisely nothing.


LibDems and Jews

May 17, 2013

There will be few in the Labour Party sorry to see the back of Lord Ahmed, whose shaming of his party was long-standing and unpleasant.


MP Ward still not sorry but Lib Dems plan to act

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2013

The Liberal Democrats have denied that the disciplinary procedure over David Ward’s controversial comments about “the Jews” is over, despite claims by the MP that the issue has been resolved.


Ward removes 'the Jews' statement as Liberal Democrats pressed for further action

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2013

Bradford East MP has finally removed a statement accusing "the Jews" of failing to learn the lessons of Auschwitz from his website.

The Liberal Democrat MP first posted the statement more than a month ago, just days before Holocaust Memorial Day, provoking widespread condemnation.


David Ward needs immediate discipline, Lib Dem Friends of Israel tell Clegg

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel have thrown into doubt plans for MP David Ward's rehabilitation after referring the case back to party leaders with a recommendation for "further disciplinary action".


Clegg response to David Ward is 'fig leaf'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2013

The punishment handed to MP David Ward by the Liberal Democrats over his comments on "the Jews" represents "a pedestrian and lacklustre response to what amounts to antisemitism at the heart of Westminster", according to Jewish community leaders.