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UK 'will suspend 12 arms export licences to Israel if war restarts'

By Marcus Dysch, August 12, 2014

The government has identified 12 arms export licences for equipment to Israel which it says it will suspend if the current ceasefire with Gaza collapses.

A review of licences conducted by the Business, Innovation and Skills department has concluded that the vast majority are not for items that could be used by the Israel Defence Force in operations in Gaza.

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Clegg: stance 'needs to be even-handed'

August 7, 2014

Nick Clegg has been accused of "having no backbone" following his call for an arms embargo on Israel. The Liberal Democrat leader and Business Secretary Vince Cable, pushed for a full suspension of licences for arms exports.

Mr Clegg said the Israeli military had "overstepped the mark in Gaza" and Britain should act in response.

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Israel’s true friends

July 24, 2014

In recent months, Ed Miliband has made a concerted effort to embrace the Jewish community. He has visited Israel. He has spoken of rediscovering his Jewish roots. And he ended his speech to the Labour Friends of Israel with the declaration that he would enter Downing Street proud to be a “friend of Israel, a Jew and… part of the community”.

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Ceasefire holds in Gaza as Nick Clegg criticises 'disproportionate' Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

The latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is holding, more than an hour after it came into effect.

Both sides agreed to hold fire for five hours to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, after nine days of extended fighting.

The truce began at 10am (8am UK) local time and is due to expire at 3pm (1pm UK).

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Nick Clegg welcomes Board of Deputies' Jewish manifesto

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2014
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has welcomed the Board of Deputies' manifesto aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest.

The European elections take place on May 22.

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Separating church and state will be better for all faiths, says Nick Clegg

By Charlotte Oliver, April 24, 2014

Church and state should be separated, and the Queen removed as head of the church, Nick Clegg has said.

Speaking on his LBC radio show on Thursday, the deputy prime minister said it would be “better for the Church and better for people of faith, and better for Anglicans, if the church and the state were over time to stand on their own two separate feet.”

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The hypocrisy of Nick Clegg

December 5, 2013

There is only one word for Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister: hypocrite.

It is one thing for the LibDem leader to refuse to comment on the latest tweet from his LibDem colleague, David Ward. Much as the media would like politicians to answer every question put to them, in the real world they constantly duck difficult issues.

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Dear Nick Clegg, we need to talk about David Ward

By Daniel Finkelstein, November 29, 2013

Dear Deputy Prime Minister,

As I hope you know by now, I have great respect for you. I believe it took substantial courage and imagination to agree to the coalition deal and to see it through in the way that you have.

So I write now in full confidence of your goodwill and your willingness and ability to do what is right.

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Nick Clegg says Mail-Miliband coverage is ‘out of order’

By Anna Sheinman, October 3, 2013

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has added his voice to those criticising the Daily Mail for their depiction of Ed Miliband’s father Ralph.

Speaking on London radion station LBC this morning, he said that the Daily Mail claiming that Ralph Miliband was “the man who hated Britain” was "out of order".

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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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