Commenting on the suspension of David Ward as a Liberal Democrat member and Parliamentary Candidate for the forthcoming General Election, JLC CEO Simon Johnson said:
“The action taken by Tim Farron to sack David Ward as a candidate for the 2017 General Election is the right one and we welcome it. The selection of David Ward for Bradford East was an error, and rightly criticised by politicians from all parties. Mr Ward’s views are offensive, and he has been an unrepentant serial offender. It is important that all parties have a zero tolerance approach to antisemitism”.
Given that Ken Livingstone has been found guilty, we are deeply disappointed at the decision not to expel him from the Labour Party. A temporary suspension is no more than a slap on the wrist. Mr Livingstone’s inaccurate and antagonistic comments including over the past 40 years have had a huge impact on the Jewish community. We feel that the Labour Party should have had the courage to address this deeply offensive behaviour with a firmer penalty.