"Jews" remarks MP to face LibDem leader

David Ward MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bradford East MP David Ward will be hauled before Nick Clegg to face disciplinary action over comments he made about "the Jews".

The Liberal Democrat MP 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.

He wrote that 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 Lib Dem initially defended the comments but later apologised.