Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth is amongst Labour Party members who have called today for the former Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingstone to be thrown out of the party for alleged “anti-semitic” comments .
In tweet this morning Doughty – who marched with protestors in an anti-Israel, pro Palestine march from Cardiff City Hall in 2014 – asserted there was “no place in Labour for anti-semitism”.
He followed this up with a further tweet saying Livingstone should be “immediately suspended”
The row had developed when Livingstone was interviewed on BBC Radio London and had said he had “never heard anyone in the Labour Party say anything anti-Semitic“.
Later, as Livingstone arrived at tv studios in Westminster he was accused by Labour MP John Mann of being a “Nazi apologist”
Livingstone said later in an tv interview that Mann had gone “completely over the top” – but John Mann stood by his remarks and quoted comments which Livingstone had allegedly made about a 1932 plan by Hitler to deport Jewish people to what was then Palestine. Mann called for Livingstone to be suspended from the party.
Livingstone said he had simply been quoting historical facts adding “Let’s remember, when Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing 6,000,000 Jews.”
In an earlier BBC interview Livingstone had said “One of my worries is this confusion with anti-Semitism – and criticising the Israeli government policy – undermines the importance in tackling real anti-Semitism.”
Livingstone has now been suspended by the Labour Party and is to be investigated for allegedly “bringing the party into disrepute”.