Yorkshire Labour MPs condemn party’s decision not to expel Ken Livingstone

A number of Yorkshire Labour MPs are among those who have condemned that party over its decision not to expel Ken Livingstone following allegations of anti-semitism

Former leader Ed Miliband, and former shadow cabinet members Yvette Cooper and Michael Dugher have all criticised the move, with the latter describing it as “an embarrassing fudge”.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-labour-mps-condemn-party-s-decision-not-to-expel-ken-livingstone-1-8476811

Ken Livingstone: Jeremy Corbyn announces new investigation

Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone faces a new investigation into his comments about Hitler, Jeremy Corbyn says.

The Labour leader said that since being suspended on Tuesday night, Mr Livingstone had “continued to make offensive remarks which could open him to further disciplinary action”.

These will now be considered by the party’s ruling executive committee.

Mr Livingstone has defended his comments about Hitler and Zionism and vowed to fight his suspension.

He was suspended by Labour for two years – one year of which he has already served since making the original comments in April 2016.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39499640

Ken Livingstone faces second Labour probe over race remarks

Labour is to launch a new probe into Ken Livingstone’s behaviour in the wake of his suspension from the party over controversial comments regarding Adolf Hitler and Zionism, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/ken-livingstone-faces-second-labour-probe-over-race-remarks-1-8477533

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17 Responses to Yorkshire Labour MPs condemn party’s decision not to expel Ken Livingstone

  1. Colin Tawn says:

    Another nail in the coffin of the Labour party.
    This is a disgraceful decision by the NCC which gives anti semites in the party more ammunition.
    No criticism of the NCC decision from Corbyn or Abbott. I wonder why?

  2. Ged says:

    Discredited bunch.
    Same Mps who showed treachery and smears against corbyn.

    Ken was took out of context but lets not fantasy get in way of facts and denigrating him. Pity they look the other way when israeli leaders have bombed the hell out of Palestine/ Gaza people and stole their homelands since the 1948 balls up by usa and uk.

    Many are friends of israel and zionist groups.

  3. Colin Tawn says:

    100 Labour MP’s criticise Livingstone sanctions.
    More than 100 Labour MPs and dozens of peers have signed an open letter criticising the party for failing to expel Ken Livingstone over his comments about Hitler and Zionism.

    Barron signed the letter but Champion and Healey have not.
    http://labourlist.org/2017/04/100-labour-mps-criticise-livingstone-sanctions-as-former-mayor-launches-fightback/

  4. Colin Tawn says:

    Addendum:
    Ged wrote ‘Discredited bunch.
    Same Mps who showed treachery and smears against corbyn.’

    Is Ged claiming the 100 MP’s who signed the open letter are ‘discredited’ and ‘treacherous’?

  5. Ged says:

    I read this on a Labour Forum on Facebook . One of the best contributions I have seen in this current debate.

    Walter Wolfgang: anti Zionist Jewish Labour Party member , Vice President of CND and refugee from Nazi Germany released a statement in support of Ken Livingstone and said,
    “I am a Jewish member of the Labour Party and was a member of its National Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008. I regard anti-Semitism as an extremely serious issue.
    I am 93 years old. I was born in Germany in 1923. My family were persecuted by the Nazis. In 1937, at the age of 13, I left Germany and came… to live in Britain. It was the strength of my commitment to Judaism and Jewish ethical values of human equality which caused me to join the Labour Party in 1948……..
    Allegations of anti-Semitism should be made only when people express hostility to Jewish people because they are Jewish. Such allegations should not be made when this is not the case. It is not anti-Semitic to hold or express views about the government of Israel or about Zionism.
    Ken Livingstone has an outstanding record of fighting against racism and anti-Semitism. Labour’s National Constitutional Committee hearing into Ken’s actions is a travesty. His public defence of Naz Shah MP in April 2016 was not offensive and did not involved him in making any concession to anti-Semitism.
    Ken Livingstone’s remarks in April 2016 about the Transfer Agreement were broadly correct. Hitler was in favour of Jews leaving Germany for Palestine. The agreements reached between the Nazis and some Zionists are simply indisputable facts.
    Advocacy of Jews leaving Palestine was made by some Jews who were Zionist, some non-Jews who were anti-Semitic, by some non-Jews who were friendly and some who were indifferent to Jews. Anti-Semitism is hostility to Jews because of religion, race or ethnicity. It is nothing else. Many Jews, Zionist and non-Zionist – including myself – disagree with the present policy of the Israeli government.
    It is evident that Livingstone is being attacked because he supports the Palestinians, and not because he is either offensive or anti-Semitic. He is not guilty of any conduct detrimental to the Labour Party. His suspension was unjustified. Any further disciplinary action would bring the party into disrepute”

    Walter Wolfgang
    Labour Party

    • Janet Green says:

      Presumably Wolfgang is the exception that proves the rule.
      Livingstone is deluded and his behaviour is indefensible.
      Any principled political party would be embarrassed to have Livingstone as a member.
      Even the useless Corbyn called Livingstone’s latest outburst ‘offensive and grossly insensitive’.

      The only people who seem to think otherwise are Nick Griffin (ex-BNP leader) and Ged.
      Says it all really.

      • Ged says:

        Janet
        With respect. Recall u was a supporter of the watson and nu labour coup to ditch corbyn and their constant smears and tripe to denigrate our movement.

        • Janet Green says:

          Corbyn has described Livingstone’s latest outburst as ‘offensive and grossly insensitive’.
          Do you agree or disagree with that?

          I think your recollection is wrong. Although I have been clear that Corbyn is useless and simply unelectable, a view that is shared by the vast majority of traditional Labour voters, according to the polls.

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  7. Ged says:

    Pity most politicians of all parties give little or no attention to the ongoing Israeli treatment and actions towards Gaza.
    Possibly that most are members of and get support from the influential friends of Israel group.
    Agree a seperate motion condemning Israeli policy and actions in repressing the Palestinian people. Nor Israeli and UK support for Saudi Arabia bombing and killing thousands of innocent non-combatants in the Yemen should have been done years ago. Although the UK and west profit directly from the arms trade.

    • Janet Green says:

      Shall we try again?
      Corbyn has described Livingstone’s latest outburst as ‘offensive and grossly insensitive’.
      Do you agree or disagree with that?

      • Ged says:

        Answer the question on gaza janet

        • Janet Green says:

          What question on Gaza?

          And, whilst you are about it, please tell us whether or not you agree with Mr Corbyn about Livingstone’s latest outburst.

        • Ged says:

          Janet
          Israeli policy and actions in repressing the Palestinian people

          The stealing of palestinian homelands that is ethnic cleansing….the wall and use of WMDs

          Israeli and UK support for Saudi Arabia bombing and killing thousands of innocent non-combatants in the Yemen ? Although the UK and west profit directly from the arms trade.

        • Ged says:

          I agree with Mr Walter Wolfgang.

        • Janet Green says:

          There still wasn’t a question there. Adding a question mark to a verb-less meander doesn’t make one either.

          However, if it helps you…

          I am a strong supporter of the two-state solution set out in the Oslo Accord more than 23 years ago.

          I think both Israeli and Palestinian representatives should be ashamed of their failure to make progress, consistently snatching defeat from the hands of any possible victory which will bring peace and a sustainable settlement.

          I am appalled by the Israeli’s flagrant disregard for UN resolutions by continuing to build unlawful settlements which simply impose additional barriers to progress.

          I have visited and done business in several middle-east countries – including Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt – in the last decade, and met Palestinian representatives. I have not visited, and have no intention to do business with, Israel.

          I rather suspect that my knowledge and experience of these issues far exceeds yours.

          I tend to think that your actual international experience might extend about as far as a day-trip to Hooton Roberts.

          Now, as I’ve answered your “question”, perhaps you could answer mine; it’s a simple one – ‘Agree’ or ‘Disagree’ will do.

          Corbyn described Livingstone’s latest outburst as ‘offensive and grossly insensitive’. Do you agree or disagree with that?

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