Expel Baroness Tonge from the House of Lords

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Campaign Against Hate Speech started this petition to House of Lords Commissioner for Standards (Ms Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE)

Baroness Tonge delights in baiting Jews...............

She has said that Israel causes antisemitism; has proposed that the IDF and the Israeli Medical Association establish an inquiry into antisemitic allegations that an emergency Israeli medical team in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake was stealing body parts;  and has said that "Israel is not going to be there forever in its present form."

Most recently Baroness Tonge chaired a meeting in Parliament where attendees compared Israel to ISIS and claimed Jews ‘provoked’ their own genocide.  She failed to speak out against this antisemitic libel. 

Baroness Tonge abuses her privileged position in the House of Lords to harass Jewish people. A position for which she is paid £300 per day attendance allowance, plus travel expenses and subsidised restaurant facilities.

It is intolerable that Baroness Tonge should remain a member of the House of Lords. Only the House itself has the power to expel a member. This can only happen by a vote, after the Lords Commissioner for Standards has found a member in breach of the Code of Conduct, that finding of breach is upheld by the Committee for Privileges and Conduct, and that Committee has recommended expulsion.

Baroness Tonge is currently under investigation by the Commissioner for allegedly breaking the rules on the use of House facilities. However this is a relatively minor offence and is not likely to result in suspension, let alone expulsion.  Most recently she posted an antisemitic article on her Facebook page which falsely claims that the President of Israel made antisemitic Jew/Nazi comparisons.  However the Commissioner has refused to investigate this, saying that the Code of Conduct "does not extend to members’ performance of duties unrelated to parliamentary proceedings; and it is outside my remit to consider complaints about members’ expression of views or opinions. I interpret that as covering members’ posts on social media.”

The very last straw was Baroness Tonge's email to the Community Security Trust  on 2 February, in response to being sent the 2016 Antisemitic Incidents Report. She wrote:

"Do you NEVER consider that the actions of the Israeli government are contributing towards this rise? Sadly, many people do not distinguish between Jewish people and Mr Netanyahu and his colleagues. If CST and the Board of Deputies spoke up against the abuse if [sic] human rights, flagrant disregard for International law and the Geneva Convention they would do much to improve the situation there.

The perpetual victim mentality of your organisation is counter productive and does not help real decent Jewish people.

We want a country free of all racism."

Never before has anyone managed to pack so many offences against the Jewish People into less than 100 words:

1. The allegation that Israel causes antisemitism; 

2. The allegation that the Prime Minister of Israel is not Jewish!

3. The suggestion that Jews in the UK should condemn the [non-existent] 'abuse of human rights', [non-existent] 'disregard of international law and the Geneva Convention';

4. The suggestion that if they do not condemn these things, they will be adding to antisemitism;

5. The allegation that the CST - the organisation that protects Jews - has a 'victim mentality' and does not help 'real decent Jewish people'.

Enough is enough.  Baroness Tonge has been expelled from the Liberal Democrat Party, so that if there ever was any Party discipline that kept her from the most outrageous offences against Jews, it has vanished. She is nearly 76 years old so still has many years of opportunity to pour further vitriol upon Israel and Jews.

We therefore call upon the Standards Commissioner to rule that Baroness Tonge is in breach of the requirement to act on personal honour. We refute the Commissioner's claim that her activities outside the Chamber are unrelated to Parliamentary business; Baroness Tonge's activities in the Lords includes many speeches and questions about the Middle East.

In any case if a member is using their position to abuse a minority, we consider it shameful that the Commissioner - and indeed the whole House - should stand idly by. It makes a mockery of Parliament's declarations to fight antisemitism.

After the Commissioner finds Baroness Tonge in breach of the requirement to act on personal honour, we call on the Committee for Privileges and Conduct (whose Chair is Lord McFall) to uphold the finding and recommend expulsion.

Finally - we call on the House to vote for Baroness Tonge's expulsion.


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