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Bradford MP David Ward has apologised for comments he made on Twitter about Israel and Gaza.
The Liberal Democrat said in a statement through the party:
Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has written to the chief of the Met Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to ask him to investigate the comments by Liberal Democrat MP David Ward.
The Liberal Democrats have distanced themselves from the comments made by former MEP, Ed McMillan-Scott, who labelled a Jewish community group "disputatious Jews".
In a statement to ITV News, a party spokesperson said:
Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has defended his comments on Twitter yesterday, when he said he would "probably" fire at rocket at Israel if he lived in Gaza, saying he is not condoning violence, ITV Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.
A former Lib Dem MEP, Ed McMillan-Scott, has criticised a Jewish Community group and the editor of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper in tweet.
The tweet was deleted shortly after being posted, and an apology was issued this morning.
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.
Labour has called remarks made by Liberal Democrat MP David Ward over the Israel-Gaza conflict "vile and desperate", urging Nick Clegg to disassociate from the comment:
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."
The Liberal Democrats has said it "utterly condemned" remarks made by MP David Ward, who had posted a tweet saying if he lived in Gaza, he would "probably" fire a rocket.
The party said the comments were "not representative of the Liberal Democrats". In a statement, a spokesman said:
A Liberal Democrat MP was accused of inciting violence and faces a fresh disciplinary investigation after backing Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.
David Ward was suspended by the party for several weeks last year after making a string of controversial comments about Israel and Jews. His future is once again is in doubt after he used social media to give his verdict on the current Israel-Gaza conflict.