On Thursday, Baroness Tonge, made a speech in the House of Lords in which she repeated her demand that British Jews condemn the Jewish state. She also claimed that Israel was responsible for the rise of ISIS, and that Palestinian terrorist organisations whose declared mission is to annihilate all Jews had a “justified grudge”.
We cannot know how many of our supporters heeded our call and wrote to Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, but CAA has received a response and so have many of our supporters.
The Party confirmed that though Baroness Tonge was forced to resign the Liberal Democrat whip in 2012, she remains a member of the Party and, of course, is an active member of the House of Lords.
Though the Party’s response did not answer our call to publicly call for Baroness Tonge to be expelled from the House of Lords, it did say that a disciplinary process could be started to have her expelled.
A part of the response sent to CAA but oddly omitted from replies sent to our supporters stated: “We’re a democratic party so the leader isn’t allowed to simply expel an individual. However, we do have a robust complaints procedure and when a complaint is received it’s investigated accordingly.”
We were unsure whether this meant that an investigation had been opened so we have sent a further e-mail asking that disciplinary proceedings be started, and that the Party should join our call for Baroness Tonge to be expelled from the legislature.
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