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Lib Dem Chief Whip on David Ward: “I do not intend to take further action in relation to the tweet”

David WardThree weeks ago, Lib Dem MP for Bradford East David Ward tweeted: “The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes”. The following day he issued an apology, saying:

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.

That wasn’t quite the end of the matter, though. The Lib Dem disciplinary process required a meeting between the party’s Chief Whip, Don Foster, and David. That’s now taken place, and it’s been decided there will be no further action. The Yorkshire Post has published the statements issued by both:

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  • User AvatarAndrew T 13th Aug - 6:02pm
    It's nice to see the majority of Liberals from across the generations sharing liberal beliefs on this issue.
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 13th Aug - 5:48pm
    @ Paul Holmes Fair comment, Paul...... except the three you mention weren't around in 1981. Nick Clegg was still in short trousers at Westminster School....
  • User AvatarPeter Hirst 13th Aug - 5:39pm
    Any decent government knows that taxes as well as providing revenue and inhibiting illegal activities acts to signal what changes to behaviour it would like....
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 13th Aug - 5:36pm
    Charis, I am often highly critical of the 'National Party' so let me for once leap to their defence. They have, in the last 2...
  • User AvatarPeter Hirst 13th Aug - 5:30pm
    If people really want to come to our country with all its faults, we should embrace them with open arms. Seeing a boat load shout...
  • User AvatarJohn Probert 13th Aug - 5:24pm
    @ Anthony Watts: Very well said and not a moment too soon either, Mr Watts!