Ken Livingstone: Labour antisemitism claims are a 'good old smear'

Ken Livingstone

Monday, February 18, 2019

Ken Livingstone has dismissed allegations of antisemitism within the Labour party, claiming he "never heard a single antisemitic comment" during his time as an MP.

The former London Mayor appeared on the Mike Graham show to discuss the resignation of seven Labour MPs, who complained of an "appalling culture" and "antisemitism".

"I joined the Labour Party 50 years ago this month," he explained. "In all that time I never heard a single antisemitic comment."



"If you are antisemitic you're not going to join a political party which has always had a much larger number of Jewish MPs than all the other parties put together."

Livingstone himself quit the Labour Party in 2018, following his suspension for alleged antisemitism.

However, he claimed the recent allegations of antisemitism given by the seven resigning MPs were a "good old smear" against Labour.

"The simple fact is this is a good old smear," he said.

"The last figure I saw was 47 people have tweeted something antisemitic. That's one out of every 10,000 members."