Former Liberal Democrat MP Baroness (Jenny) Tonge has told a meeting in Parliament that Hamas “should have been allowed to try” to run the Palestinian state after they won the election in 2006. Tonge, who described herself as “notorious” at the meeting claimed Britain had denied the Palestinians democracy by not dealing with Hamas.
She was speaking at the launch of a new report into the situation in Gaza, held in a committee room at the House of Commons. Initially Breitbart London was told it could not attend the event because it was full, but in the end only 35 people attended.
Tonge told the audience: “We do have to say – in fairness to Hamas – that they did win those elections, fairly and squarely supervised by the European Union. They won them in the West Bank and they won them in again in Gaza.
“We tend to forget that, as people who promote democracy all over the world, our Prime Minister nveer stops talking about promoting democracy and what a wonderful thing it is. We denied the Palestinian people democracy because the wrong side had won.” She added: “They should have been allowed to try (at governing).”
This is not the first time she has caused a stir with her comments, she was forced to step down as Children’s spokesman because of her views on suicide bombers. She said of them: “If I had to live in that situation – and I say that advisedly – I might just consider becoming one myself.”
After a series of run-ins with the Liberal Democrat leadership over her views on Gaza and Israel she resigned from the party. She was joined on the platform at last night’s event by David Ward MP, who suspended by the Liberal Democrats in 2013 for accusing Israel of being an “apartheid state”.
At the start of the meeting he thanked Tonge for the “support” she had given him during the suspension.