Shami Won’t Rule Out A Place for Ken Livingstone in Labour

Following reports that Labour are on the cusp of lifting Ken Livingstone’s suspension, Shami Chakrabarti refused to rule out his re-admittance to full membership but said he should face further investigation before any decision is made. Asked if there was a place in Labour for Livingstone, Chakrabarti didn’t rule out his return saying:

“Well, obviously I’m not judge and jury… he has been suspended for some time but equally people report he has said things and done things since that suspension and that is something the NEC is going to have to look at.”

Subsequent comments since Livingstone’s suspension include those he made on Iran’s Press TV on Holocaust Memorial Day, on a programme discussing: “Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?” 

There was confusion at the top of the Labour Party yesterday as officials realised Ken’s suspension was due to expire in April. In a storm of controversy and amid a revolt by PLP moderates, the party hurriedly announced a new probe (to which Shami is referring), based on an old promise first made by Jeremy Corbyn ten months ago. Until now, that probe appeared to have been quietly dropped, with no action taken against Ken. Meanwhile, Corbyn claims to be serious about tackling anti-Semitism…

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Ken Pledged Auction Prize at the Presidents Club

Just spotted this from the Architects’ Journal’s ‘Astragal’ diary column about Brocialist Ken Livingstone, back in the days when he had influence over planning permission, at the Presidents Club:

Those were the days…

mdi-timer 31st January 2018 @ 5:00 pm 31st Jan 2018 @ 5:00 pm mdi-comment Comments
Ken Marks Holocaust Memorial Day Debating Whether It Happened on Press TV

How did Ken Livingstone mark Holocaust Memorial Day last week? Appearing on Press TV’s special programme discussing “Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?”. Highlights include the presenter speculating as to whether 6 million Jews were really killed. Ken still hasn’t been expelled from the Labour Party…

mdi-timer 29th January 2018 @ 12:17 pm 29th Jan 2018 @ 12:17 pm mdi-comment Comments
Ken Livingstone on Blair’s “Gay” Hug With Gaddafi

Ken Livingstone compares Tony Blair’s infamous embrace of Colonel Gaddafi to “two lovely old guys in a gay bar”. Which other megalomaniac world leader was rumoured to be gay?

mdi-timer 15th January 2018 @ 5:15 pm 15th Jan 2018 @ 5:15 pm mdi-comment Comments
Ken: Anti-Semitism is Fake News

Ken was on TV talking about Hitler again this morning. Corbynistas keep saying they swiftly deal with anti-Semitism, and yet they won’t expel their old comrade…

mdi-timer 28th September 2017 @ 11:32 am 28th Sep 2017 @ 11:32 am mdi-comment Comments
Ken: Failure to “Kill All The Oligarchs” Caused Venezuela Crisis

Red Ken has doubled down on his theory that Venezuela would be just fine if only Chavez and Maduro had succeeded in “killing all the oligarchs”. Interviewed by Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRadio, Livingstone peddled anti-American conspiracy theories and suggested videos of opposition leaders being arrested at gunpoint under the cover of night were “propaganda”. The former London mayor – with whom Jeremy Corbyn has shared platforms at pro-Chavez rallies – said:

“One of the things that Chavez did when he came to power, he didn’t kill all the oligarchs, he allowed them to live, to carry on… a lot of them are using their power and control…to make it difficult and to undermine Maduro.”

Ken also complained that the country’s economics minister did not listen to his advice, and said of Venezuela’s new constituent assembly: “I’d like to see us do that here in Britain”. On the plus side, got through it without mentioning Hitler…

mdi-timer 3rd August 2017 @ 11:14 am 3rd Aug 2017 @ 11:14 am mdi-comment Comments
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