October 20, 2016

UK’s Labour suspends former London mayor in anti-Semitism row

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone poses in his garden for a portrait during an interview with Reuters in London

Britain’s opposition Labour Party suspended veteran member and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday in a row over anti-Semitism, the latest scandal to expose deep splits in the party since it elected a hard-left leader.

“Ken Livingstone has been suspended by the Labour Party, pending an investigation, for bringing the Party into disrepute,” Labour said in a statement.

Livingstone’s suspension comes after the party suspended another member on Wednesday over anti-Semitic remarks she made on social media in 2014 before she was elected to represent Labour in parliament.

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