Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Antisemitic candidacy terminated
I am all for local Liberal Democrat parties choosing their own candidates, but there are limits. Locals clearly thought they had made the popular choice for the strongly Muslim Bradford East constituency in re-selecting David Ward, who has consistently blamed "the Jews" for most of what has gone wrong in the Middle East and perhaps for some of our own ills, too. I don't know what levers Tim Farron pulled, but it has been announced this afternoon that Bradford will have to think again. For Ward to continue would be a source of embarrassment for our general election campaign and probably for some local government elections in parts of England too.