MP's Holocaust comments

Bradford East MP David Ward has sparked controversy after comments appeared on his website about the Holocaust.

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Bradford MP to face Clegg over Holocaust comments

Bradford East MP David Ward will be hauled before Nick Clegg to face disciplinary action over comments he made about "the Jews". He was summoned to meet chief whip Alistair Carmichael on Monday night but must now defend his actions to the party leader.

Lib Dems said there would be "further meetings as part of a disciplinary process" but refused to be drawn on whether that could result in Mr Ward being kicked out of the party.

The row first blew up over a posting made by Mr Ward after signing a memorial book to mark Holocaust Memorial Day last month. The Lib Dem initially defended the comments but later apologised.

"Jews" row MP David Ward still under fire

David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford, is still under fire for the comments he made about atrocities committed by "the Jews".

The party said "further decisions" would be taken about David Ward after Jewish leaders demanded action following a meeting with Lib Dem bosses.

The Bradford East MP apologised for any "unintended offence" and made a written promise not to repeat the reference last month.

But the Board of Deputies of British Jews said the apology had "no credibility" as the MP had not removed the offending post from his website.

Mr Carmichael and Lib Dem chief executives called a meeting with the heads of the board and the Holocaust Educational Trust.

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David Ward MP makes written pledge not to repeat reference to "the Jews"

The MP for Bradford East has issued a written undertaking that he will not repeat a reference to "the Jews", which caused outrage last week.David Ward was formally censured by the party's chief whip after he said he was,

"saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new state of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis".

The MP, who initially defended his words, apologised on Monday for any "unintended offence" caused by a message posted on his website ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day.

I am strongly of the view that your use of the phrase 'the Jews' in this context was unacceptable and I formally censure you for that.In line with our conversation, and notwithstanding the strength with which you hold your views on the situation in the Middle East, I would be grateful if you would confirm the undertaking that you gave to me in our meeting that you will not again use the phrase 'the Jews' in this context."

– Alistair Carmichael, Chief Whip

I confirm that I am prepared to give you the undertaking that you asked for in our meeting."

– David Ward MP

Breaking: Bradford MP 'sorry' over Holocaust comment

A Yorkshire MP who is facing party disciplinary action over a statement he made about Israel's treatment of Palestinians ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day has apologised for his comments.

David Ward the MP for Bradford East made a statement on his website "honouring those who died during the Holocaust" but accusing "the Jews" in Israel of "inflicting atrocities on Palestinians... on a daily basis".

But in a new statement today, Mr Ward said he 'was trying to make clear that everybody needs to learn the lessons of the Holocaust.'

I never for a moment intended to criticise or offend the Jewish people as a whole, either as a race or as a people of faith, and apologise sincerely for the unintended offence which my words caused.

– David Ward MP, Lib Dem Bradford East

Bradford MP defends Holocaust comments

Bradford East MP David Ward is facing party disciplinary action over a statement he made about Israel's treatment of Palestinians ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day has defended his actions.

It follows a statement on his website "honouring those who died during the Holocaust" but accusing "the Jews" in Israel of "inflicting atrocities on Palestinians... on a daily basis".

But the Lib Dem MP insists it is time to "look at every example of man's inhumanity to fellow man".

I feel strongly about this issue. I keep re-reading what I said because I have heard so many comments about how outrageous this is.

I have just returned from my second Holocaust day signing. We have had a big event in Bradford.

Everybody talks about this awful, awful time we must never forget and always says we must learn lessons.

Surely that means we must look at every example of man's inhumanity to fellow man?

– David Ward MP

He added:

"I've been to Gaza and seen for myself what is, in effect, apartheid.

I think it needs to be discussed."

The Lib Dems will take disciplinary action but no decision has yet been taken on what that will be.

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