Jeremy Corbyn faces outcry over Ken Livingstone remarks : THE GUARDIAN

Labour MPs and senior figures in Jewish community incensed at decision to let former London mayor stay in party.

Jeremy Corbyn is facing demands to force Ken Livingstone out of Labour for his comments linking Adolf Hitler and Zionism, as 100 of his own MPs criticised the party’s response to a growing antisemitism crisis.

The Labour leader came under pressure to take more action after an unprecedented outcry from MPs and senior figures in the Jewish community about the decision to let Livingstone stay in the party.

A disciplinary panel of three officials found Livingstone guilty on Tuesday night of bringing the party into disrepute for suggesting that Hitler supported Zionism and defending Labour MP Naz Shah’s antisemitic Facebook post, for which she has apologised. He was suspended for a further year, but senior Labour figures, from deputy leader Tom Watson to former leader Ed Miliband and London mayor Sadiq Khan, said he should have been expelled from the party.

Corbyn issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon criticising Livingstone, his old ally and supporter, for causing deep offence to the Jewish community, and asked the party’s ruling body to examine some of Livingstone’s more recent comments, such as the claim that there was “real collaboration” between Hitler and some German Jews in the 1930s.

“Ken Livingstone’s comments have been grossly insensitive, and he has caused deep offence and hurt to the Jewish community,” Corbyn said. “It is deeply disappointing that, despite his long record of standing up to racism, Ken has failed to acknowledge or apologise for the hurt he has caused. Many people are understandably upset that he has continued to make offensive remarks which could open him to further disciplinary action.”

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4 Comments

  1. I’m disappointed with Corbyn on this one, he needs to nail his colours to the mast. Livingstone was not found guilty of antisemitism, and was not suspended because of that. If anyone should be suspended, it should be John Mann, who originally accused Livingstone, in a very public spat.

    Whatever Corbyn does, he will never please the right wing of the Labour party. Their only aim is to isolate him, then move in for the kill. By siding with them, he risks losing the support of the people in the party who have stuck up for him.

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  2. I’ve always said…Corbyn wants to be a man for all seasons.

    Maybe he thinks the John Mann’s of his world will eventually see things his way, if he does think that then he’s sadly deluded.

    But the real truth is, Corbyn’s a weak lily livered limp wristed excuse for a man.

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    1. The fact that Corbyn has thrown Livingstone under the bus, is the final straw for Galloway, and many other people.

      I hope he wins in Gorton, for the sake of the people who live there.

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