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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jenny gets her tonge cut out

It took over a year, but Baroness Jenny Tonge has finally been removed as Britain's Liberal Democratic party's spokesperson on matters of health (Hat Tip: Solomonia). Tonge accused Israeli rescuers of harvesting organs in Haiti during that country's earthquake a year ago. This is from the first link.
In a statement issued this evening, the leader said the peer ''apologises unreservedly''.

''Following discussions with the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, Lord McNally, I have decided that Jenny Tonge will stand down as Liberal Democrat health spokesperson in the Lords following her unacceptable comments suggesting an inquiry into highly offensive allegations against the IDF humanitarian operation in Haiti,'' Mr Clegg said.

''The comments were wrong, distasteful and provocative and I recognise the deep and understandable distress they have caused to the Jewish community.

''While I do not believe that Jenny Tonge is anti-semitic or racist, I regard her comments as wholly unacceptable. Jenny Tonge apologises unreservedly for the offence she has caused.''

Lady Tonge was a Lib Dem MP between 1997 and 2005, when she entered the Lords. She has regularly run into controversy for her critical stance towards Israel.

In 2004, she was sacked as a Lib Dem spokeswoman on children's issues after suggesting she could consider becoming a suicide bomber.

Then leader Charles Kennedy dropped her after she told a pro-Palestinian meeting in Westminster: ''If I had been a mother and a grandmother in Palestine living for decades in that situation, I don't know, I may well have become one myself.''
Two things aren't clear from here. One is whether she remains an MP. The other is that if you go to the third link at the top, you will find that she was supposedly fired a year ago. Anyone in the UK who can enlighten us is invited to pipe up.

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At 2:20 PM, Blogger David Saffer said...

Tonge is no an MP. She is however a member of the house of lords, an unelected second chamber made up of the hereditary peers and politically appointed peers.

She was sacked as a Liberal Democratic spokesperson in the house of lords in February 2010. Whether she still takes the LD whip I dont know, but she sits in the house till she dies.

Does that help?

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Till SHE is tarred and feathered and hung, drawn and quartered in Parliament Square!!!
Unfortunately the Lib dumbs are full of anti-semites, all conveniently shoved into the Lords.


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