Reacting to the news that the Chief Government Whip has temporarily suspended the Lib Dem party whip from David Ward MP, JLC Chief Executive Jeremy Newmark said:
There are serious questions as to whether this move came swiftly enough and whether it goes far enough. However some action that is the first proper, formal recognition of the serious nature of this matter is better than none. If the Liberal Democrat party is committed to stamping out extremism of this kind it really must develop a process that enables the leadership to act in a swift and decisive manner against parliamentarians who cross red lines. As we have seen with the remarks of Sir Bob Russell MP, Ward is by no means an isolated case.
Party suspends British MP for "apartheid Israel" remarks - The Jerusalem Post - 18th July 2013