LDFI respond to removal of Lib Dem whip from Jenny Tonge

LDFI Chairman Gavin Stollar has welcomed the decisive action taken by Nick Clegg against Jenny Tonge, over her unacceptable comments last week at Middlesex University:

“LDFI applaud Nick Clegg’s decisive action in sacking Baroness Jenny Tonge. Nick rightly gave Jenny Tonge the chance to apologise and retract her recent statement on Israel and she declined, the rest is history. I hope this now draws a line under the continual smearing of Lib Dem Party policy on Israel and the Middle East by former Lib Dem Baroness Tonge. I’m pleased to say she is now somebody else’s problem”

Previously, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had commented:

“These remarks were wrong and offensive and do not reflect the values of the Liberal Democrats. I asked Baroness Tonge to withdraw her remarks and apologise for the offense she has caused. She has refused to do so and will now be leaving the party. The Liberal Democrats have a proud record of campaigning for the rights of Palestinians, and that will continue, but we are crystal clear in our support for a two state solution.”

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