Liberal Democrats

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.


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.


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.


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.