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