Senior Labour figures have called on Ken Livingstone to resign after he blamed the 7/7 bombings in London on Tony Blair. 52 people died in the terrorist attacks which took place in July 2005.
Livingstone was defending the controversial comments he made on last week’s BBC Question Time. Livingstone is currently the joint chairman of Labour’s defence review, a position to which he was appointed two weeks ago by Jeremy Corbyn.
Ian Murray, the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, said:
“Ken Livingstone should do the right thing and remove himself from front-line Labour Party politics and apologise to the British people for what is a deplorable way to conduct himself”.
Angela Smith, the Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said that Livingstone “should resign”.
Ken Livingstone defended his position saying:
“I merely told the truth – that Tony Blair was warned that if you go into Iraq you increase the risk of a terrorist attack in this country”.