Posts Tagged “israel”

Lib Dem Chief Whip on David Ward: “I do not intend to take further action in relation to the tweet”

by Stephen Tall on August 13, 2014

Three weeks ago, Lib Dem MP for Bradford East David Ward tweeted: “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”. The following day he issued an apology, saying: I utterly condemn the violence on both sides in Israel and Gaza. I condemn the actions of […]

David Ward: “if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”

by Stephen Tall on July 22, 2014

A year ago David Ward, Lib Dem MP for Bradford East, had the party whip temporarily withdrawn after he accused “the Jews” of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel”. Though he apologised for blanket-labelling he said he would “continue to make criticisms of actions in Palestine in the strongest possible terms” […]

Lib Dem members on David Ward: majority say his comments were wrong – but majority also say party wrong to suspend him

by Stephen Tall on July 29, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 600 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. We asked about the party’s decision to suspend the whip from Bradford MP David […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #31: Hilary Mantel. Our Liberal Villain: George Galloway

by Stephen Tall on February 24, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]

Jenny Tonge resigns Lib Dem whip over controversial “Beware Israel” remarks

by Stephen Tall on February 29, 2012

A quick follow-up to our story, Jenny Tonge resigns… Baroness (Jenny) Tonge has this afternoon resigned the Lib Dem whip after coming under intense pressure following the widespread reporting of remarks she made last week declaring that Israel “will reap what they have sown” once the USA gets “sick of giving £70bn a year to […]

Does the Israeli election result prove PR just doesn't work?

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2009

Whenever electoral reform – ie, proportional representation or ‘fair votes’ – is debated, those who oppose it will almost inevitably use a variation on the following arguments: • it produces coalition governments which are weak, divided and indecisive (far better, (…)

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