'Ken Livingstone must be kicked out of Labour for bringing “shame” upon the party, says the peer who investigated antisemitism allegations.
Baroness Chakrabarti launched a blistering attack on the former London mayor for repeating the “insult” that Hitler was a Zionist, after the “lenient” sentence of being suspended.
“I find it very difficult, very difficult now, to see how any rational decision maker could allow Mr Livingstone to stay in our party,” the peer said.
“He has brought it repeatedly into disrepute. He has brought shame upon it and his own legacy.
“And we need to apologise to Jewish members, supporters and voters for the insult, the incendiary remarks, equating people trying to escape Nazis with Nazis themselves.”
Mr Livingstone – who has been suspended for two years – has vowed to fight to stay in the party, insisting he has been punished for telling “the truth”.
But Baroness Chakrabarti added: “Whatever the wisdom of the original decision to suspend, probably in the light of his years of contribution, he’s repeated the offence.
“And so, now, there is a new even more aggravated case to consider in the light of recent comments and their effect perhaps on some local election results.
“So as I say, it won’t be my decision but this stuff is all over the public record. And I’m sorry to say it but I don’t believe that Ken Livingstone can any longer be in the Labour Party.'
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