Calls for Ken Livingstone to be Suspended from the Labour Party after Comments on Israel


Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, has caused controversy by commenting on Naz Shah’s Twitter post and the ensuing outcry.

Livingstone said:

“I’ve never heard anybody say anything anti-Semitic, but there’s been a very well-orchestrated campaign by the Israel lobby to smear anybody who criticises Israeli policy as anti-Semitic”.

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said on Twitter following Livingstone’s comments:

“Ken Livingstone must be suspended from the Labour Party”.

Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, also called for Livingstone’s resignation, saying:

“Ken Livingstone has form on antisemitism and has been tolerated for far too long. He should be suspended immediately”.

Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate for London Mayor, said:

“Ken Livingstone’s comments are appalling and inexcusable. There must be no place for this in our Party”.

Conor McGinn, the Labour MP for St. Helen’s North said:

“I’ve given Ken Livingstone a fool’s pardon in recent months. But his comments on anti-semitism are appalling. We can’t allow this to go on”.

Stella Creasey, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, said on Twitter:

“Not in my name #kenlivingstone – he should be suspended immediately without ecquivocation. Our #labourfamily has no place for such bigotry”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s office is yet to comment.