Ken Livingstone: Forced out by liars.

Those who have browbeaten Ken Livingstone out of the Labour Party will be feeling pretty good about themselves right about now. They have absolutely no reason to.

He hasn’t quit because of any truth to the allegations of anti-Semitism against him, because they aren’t true – as anybody familiar with this particular subject matter can explain.

He quit because too many people who either didn’t know enough about the matter – or who actually wanted to muddy the water with false accusations – were taking up too much airtime and too many column inches keeping the undue hysteria alive.

I don’t know which was the case with Baroness Chakrabarti, when she said she might quit the Labour front bench if the party failed to expel him.

But it seems clear her intervention was the last straw.

The shame of it is that certain people will take Mr Livingstone’s decision as an admission of guilt – and that he will not have the opportunity to put the record straight.

That means he is letting down others who have been put in the same situation (like This Writer).

I’m not backing down – and if Labour’s disciplinary panel find against me, I’ll happily sue the party because my good name is not a negotiable commodity.

Ken Livingstone has announced that he is resigning from the Labour party, saying the issues around his suspension for alleged antisemitism had become a distraction.

The former mayor of London and Labour MP said he was leaving the party he joined 50 years ago with “great sadness” but would continue to campaign for a government led by Jeremy Corbyn.

In a statement, he said: “After much consideration, I have decided to resign from the Labour party. We desperately need a Corbyn-led government to transform Britain and I’ll continue to work to this end.”

He added: “The ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour party have become a distraction from the key political issue of our time – which is to replace a Tory government overseeing falling living standards and spiralling poverty, while starving our schools and the NHS of the vital resources they need.”

Livingstone, 72, has been suspended since 2016 in a row over antisemitism that erupted after comments he made about Adolf Hitler supporting Zionism, but a new Labour party disciplinary process was due to begin this week.

Source: Ken Livingstone quits Labour after antisemitism claims | Politics | The Guardian

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