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Written by Student Rights on 29 February 2012 at 5pm

STATEMENT ON BARONESS TONGE'S REMARKS FROM ED MILIBAND, THE LABOUR, LIB DEM FRIENDS OF ISRAEL AND CONSERVATIVE MP ROBERT HALFON

Original story from Student Rights: click here


Contact: Raheem Kassamraheem.kassam@studentrights.org.uk,
 
Ed Miliband:
 
"[There is] no place in politics for those who question [the] existence of the state of Israel. Nick Clegg must condemn Jenny Tonge's remark and demand [an] apology."
 
Labour Friends of Israel Chair John Woodcock MP said:
 
“Nick Clegg must act after this latest anti-Israel diatribe from Liberal Democrat Baroness Tonge. Comments and remarks such as these have absolutely no place in mainstream politics.”
 
"This is the latest in a series of outrageous remarks from Baroness Tonge – words of excuse or apology in response are no longer enough. Nick Clegg needs to take disciplinary action against his offensive peer to reassure people the government remains serious about a two state solution."
 
Lib Dem Friends of Israel Chairman Gavin Stollar said: 
 
"LDFI strongly condemns Baroness Tonge's latest outburst not only because it is wrong but because it is contrary to Lib Dem Party policy. Jenny Tonge is an irrelevant, siren and marginal voice in the Liberal Democrat Party and we call on her to resign the Lib Dem whip. If she truly believes the things she says, how can she justify being a member of a Party whose policies are diametrically opposed to her views on Israel and the Middle East, a subject on which she talks on almost a daily basis."
 
Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow said: 
 
"Baroness Tonge has an appalling record of strong anti-Israel rhetoric. Too often, these remarks carry an offensive anti-Semitic tone. The Liberal Democrat whip should be withdrawn immediately, and she should withdraw her remarks." 

Robert Halfon has also submitted an open letter to Nick Clegg.
 
Raheem Kassam, director of Student Rights said: 
 
"The consensus is becoming clear for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. Baroness Tonge has a record of saying incredibly offensive and dangerous things about the state of Israel [both on and off university campuses]. Nick Clegg must now immediately withdraw the whip from Baroness Tonge."
 
Student Rights led on the story this morning (linked by Guido Fawkes), which has since appeared on Guido Fawkes blog, The Guardian, the Huffington Post, The Commentator and across the blogosphere.

Contact: Raheem Kassamraheem.kassam@studentrights.org.uk