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.
– Alistair Carmichael, Chief Whip
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."
– David Ward MP
I confirm that I am prepared to give you the undertaking that you asked for in our meeting."