|The University of Kent,
Kent, CT2 7NZ
|The University of Kent Liberal Democrats and Kent Palestinian Society are pleased to jointly welcome and host Baroness Tonge, of Kew in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. She was MP for Richmond Park from 1997 until she stood down in 2005. She has held many Frontbench posts for the party in both the Commons and the Lords. Most controversially, she resigned from the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Party in 2010 after refusing to apologise to Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, for the following comment:
“Beware Israel. Israel is not going to be there forever in its present form. One day, the United States of America will get sick of giving £70bn a year to Israel to support what I call America’s aircraft carrier in the Middle East – that is Israel. One day, the American people are going to say to the Israel lobby in the USA: enough is enough. Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown.”
She now sits in the House of Lords as an Independent Liberal Democrat.