RED Ken Livingstone has resigned from the Labour Party following an Anti-Semitism row.
The former Mayor of London said the anti-Semitism row had become ‘A distraction.’
Livingstone had been suspended by Labour since April 2016 pending an internal investigation following comments he made about Hitler.
He said: Hitler supported Zionism when he first came to power in 1930s Germany” and added that Hitler’s support came “before he went.” mad and killed six million Jews”.
Ken posted on Facebook to announce his resignation: “I do not accept the allegation that I have brought the Labour Party into disrepute – nor that I am in any way guilty of anti-Semitism.”
“I abhor antisemitism, I have fought it all my life and will continue to do so.”
“I also recognise that the way I made a historical argument has caused offence and upset in the Jewish community. I am truly sorry for that.”
His comments were not the first time he has caused Anti-Jew controversy.
In 2006 a High Court judge said Livingstone made “unnecessarily offensive” and “indefensible” remarks when he likened a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
In February 2018 he sparked fury by appearing on Iranian TV on Holocaust Memorial Day to ask whether the genocide has been “exploited”.