Last Orders with John Stapleton

Last Orders with John Stapleton

Last Orders with John Stapleton this week looks at national strike action and the legacy of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

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Cleethorpes Pool re-opens with new non-slip floor

The swimming pool at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre will reopen to the public today with a brand new tiled floor surrounding the pool.

The pool has been closed for around five weeks to replace a resin coated quartz surface with a tiled material following concerns raised by users and North East Lincolnshire Council.

Cleethorpes Pool re-opens today after a five week closure
Cleethorpes Pool re-opens today after a five week closure Credit: ITV Yorkshire

MP apologises over Gaza twitter comments

A Bradford MP faced a storm of protest today over comments he posted on Twitter about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

David Ward, the Lib Dem MP for Bradford East, said if he lived in Gaza he would 'probably' fire a rocket at Israel.

Hundreds of civilians have died there in the past few weeks and world leaders have been calling for a ceasefire to stem the bloodshed.

Mr. Ward initially stood by his remarks but after widespread criticism, not least from his own party, he issued an apology. Chris Kiddey reports.

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Louth Cattle Market sale given the go-ahead

The long-running saga over the future of Louth's Cattle Market moved a step closer to being resolved today when East Lindsey District Council approved the sale of the site to Leeds-based supermarket giants Asda.

It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted by Asda in the coming months.

Portfolio Holder for Finance at the Council, Councillor John Upsall, said: “The Council has a very clear duty to ensure taxpayers receive good value for money and I’m pleased Council voted to sell this significantly underused site. Not only is it underused; it would have required hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment over the coming years to maintain it in its current form.

“The Council will now consider in detail options for replacing the Livestock Market facility.”

Louth Cattle Market is to be sold to Asda
Councillors have agreed to sell Louth Cattle Market to supermarket giants Asda Credit: ITV Yorkshire

David Ward MP apologises for Twitter comments

Bradford MP David Ward has apologised for comments he made on Twitter about Israel and Gaza.

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BREAKING: @davidwardmp apologises for his comments in a statement sent out by @libdempress

The Liberal Democrat said in a statement through the party:

I utterly condemn the violence on both sides in Israel and Gaza.

I condemn the actions of Hamas, and my comments were not in support of firing rockets into Israel. If they gave the opposite impression, I apologise.

However, while I defend the right of Israel to exist and defend itself, I will continue to speak out for the rights of the Palestinian people who are facing untold suffering. More must be done by the world community to end this humanitarian crisis and protect the families living in Gaza. I can understand their plight and desperation.

A cease fire in this conflict is essential. If we are to end the suffering, and establish a safer society for people in Gaza, the first step must be an end to violence on both sides.

– David Ward MP
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.@libdempress say: “In light of apology, whips and party will decide in due course if further disciplinary action should be taken.”

Party 'utterly condemn' MP's tweets

The Liberal Democrats have moved to distance themselves from comments made by one of their MPs regarding Israel and Gaza.

Bradford MP David Ward provoked outrage on Twitter after comments last night which he has since apologised for.

A party spokesperson said they "utterly condemn" his remarks:

Nick Clegg has been at the forefront of calling for peace in Israel and Gaza. We utterly condemn David Ward’s comments, they are not representative of the Liberal Democrats. The party takes this matter very seriously and will treat it as a disciplinary issue.

– Liberal Democrat spokesperson

The party has also distanced itself from comments by former Liberal Democrat MEP Ed McMillan-Scott in support of Mr Ward which criticised the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Chronicle:

The Liberal Democrats have the utmost respect for the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Chronicle and do not endorse these comments in anyway.

– Liberal Democrat spokesperson

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Tory chairman condemns 'appalling rocket tweet'

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps Credit: PA

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has called on Liberal Democrat MP David Ward to withdraw remarks made over the Israel-Gaza conflict, which Labour said was a "vile" comment by a "desperate" MP.

"Appalling: No MP should Tweet what's essentially incitement to violence," Mr Shapps said. "Mr Ward must withdraw now. Completely irresponsible."

Read: Lib Dem MP: If I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? Probably.

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Ex-Lib Dem MEP apology after 'disputatious Jews' slur

A former Lib Dem MEP, Ed McMillan-Scott, has criticised a Jewish Community group and the editor of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper in tweet.

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Uh oh, former Lib Dem MEP @emcmillanscott quickly apologising for this one. Lib Dems are in real trouble today. http://t.co/9tQwDd12ew

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The tweet was deleted shortly after being posted, and an apology was issued this morning.

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I apol to @boardofdeputies altho they didn't when I was smeared by @stephenpollard in 2009 at behest of #Coulson. D Tel did tho. I'm not a/S

ITV News are awaiting a response from the Liberal Democrats.

The comments were in response to comments posted on Twitter yesterday from Liberal Democrat MP David Ward, who said he would "probably" fire a rocket at Israel if he lived in Gaza.

Read: Lib Dem MP: If I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket?

David Ward says western politics is 'failing' Palestinians

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.@davidwardmp says he condemned violence on both sides in parliament - including firing of missiles from Gaza. Now people picking on tweet

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.@davidwardmp says Palestinians only firing missiles because 'they're absolutely desperate' and 'politicians in West failing them'

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.@davidwardmp says he's not condoning firing rockets. He just 'understands why people are so desperate that they're doing it'.

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