Meeting with Government Chief Whip

The following statement has been issued by: Jon Benjamin, CEO, The Board of Deputies, Richard Benson, CEO, The CST, Jeremy Newmark, CEO, The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), Paul Phillips, Chairman, Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, CEO, Holocaust Educational Trust, Vivian Wineman, President, Board of Deputies and Chairman, JLC Council of Members.

Earlier this morning we met with Government Chief Whip Alastair Carmichael MP and Liberal Democrat Party Chief Executive Tim Gordon, at their request. The Chief Whip has assured us that Mr Ward’s latest comments will be dealt with as a fresh issue. It was made clear that this will be pursued in the context of Mr Carmichael’s commitment that if "anything of this sort" ever happened again the consequences for Mr Ward "would escalate significantly" beyond the official censure already imposed.

During the meeting we repeated our bewilderment that the original statements remain on Ward’s website and our view that his prior apology has no credibility.

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