Ken Livingstone faces another investigation - this time from Labour's ruling body

Jerome Frank
April 13, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has announced a new probe into Ken Livingstone's "grossly insensitive" behaviour since his suspension for suggesting Adolf Hitler supported Zionism.

He said he had "agonised" over whether to leave Labour given its troubles with anti-Semitism for close to two years but had concluded: "At present it's impossible for me to be against discrimination and remain in the party".

She said it was important to remember that in Mr Livingstone's original remarks previous year, he also defended Bradford West MP Naz Shah after she posted an image suggesting the relocation of Israeli Jews to the United States, adding it might "save [the Americans] some pocket money".

But Mr Livingstone, a hard-left ally of Mr Corbyn, highlighted how today's verdict is being delivered on the same day the Labour leader launched the party's local election campaign.

The group tweeted: "One year suspension is insufficient for a party the claims zero tolerance on antisemitism".

Amid the growing furor, Corbyn said the party's governing executive council would investigate comments made by Livingstone in the wake of his suspension. "He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews", Livingstone said during the broadcast.

Brent North MP Barry Gardiner, who is also Labour's worldwide trade and climate change spokesman, said earlier that Mr Livingstone had caused "enormous offence and should have apologised" after his remarks about Hitler and Zionism.

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"This shames us all, and I'm deeply saddened by it", he said.

The veteran left-winger, who has been suspended since April past year, is facing a charge that he engaged in conduct which was "grossly detrimental" to the party.

She added that there is anti-Semitism in Labour - "driven in part by the misguided and largely uninformed pro-Palestinian lobby" - but Mr Livingstone was the victim of a "show trial".

Richard Ferrer, the editor of the Jewish News, said in reality Livingstone is mistaking an opinion blog hosted on his website for the newspaper's stance. From Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Manchester Metro Mayoral Candidate Andy Burnham and all the sections of the Jewish community.

Britain's chief rabbi accused Labour of failing the Jewish community by not expelling Mr. Livingstone.

Fellow Labour MP Wes Streeting tweeted: "So much for zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism - this is a bad betrayal of Jewish Labour supporters and our values".

Livingstone has doubled down on his defence of his comments after unexpectedly avoiding permanent expulsion from the Labour party following a disciplinary panel on Tuesday night. "If I'd said Hitler was a Zionist, I would say sorry". Look, it's up to like the Labour Party who it allows to be its own members.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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