Monday, 21 May 2018

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party

Ken Livingstone has resigned from the Labour Party after admitting an anti-Semitism row is a "distraction".
The former London mayor had been suspended from the party since April 2016 pending an internal investigation.
It followed comments Mr Livingstone made about Hitler and Zionism.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr Livingstone said: "I do not accept the allegation that I have brought the Labour Party into disrepute - nor that I am in any way guilty of anti-Semitism.

"I abhor antisemitism, I have fought it all my life and will continue to do so.

"I also recognise that the way I made a historical argument has caused offence and upset in the Jewish community. I am truly sorry for that."

However, Mr Livingstone revealed he is quitting as "the ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour Party have become a distraction".
He added: "I am loyal to the Labour Party and to Jeremy Corbyn.

"However any further disciplinary action against me may drag on for months or even years, distracting attention from Jeremy's policies.

"I am therefore, with great sadness, leaving the Labour Party."

BBC         News.

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