Ken Livingstone just told The Daily Politics that NATO membership would be part of Labour’s upcoming defence review. Questioned by Andrew Neil about the possibility of leaving NATO, the former London Mayor stated:
“That’s one of the things we will look at. Many people want to do that. I don’t think it’s a particularly big issue because in the cold war it was, it isn’t now… We are looking at the entire defence review. My main view on this is it doesn’t really matter whether you are in Nato or not terribly much because the cold war is over. If we are to stay in Nato, the question is what’s it’s role going to be? Invading more countries in the Middle East? I’m not in favour of that”.
Unfortunately for Ken it appears Labour HQ has other ideas, stating that there is no intention to reconsider Labour’s commitment to NATO membership at the upcoming defence review. A party spokeswoman says:
“The terms of the defence review are still to be agreed but will not look at our membership of Nato”.
This isn’t the first time this week Ken’s been out of the loop, having previously got it wrong on Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for his reshuffle. Is Ken out of the loop or is it just that at 70 he can’t remember what he is supposed to be doing?