KEN Livingstone, the former London Mayor, has been suspended from the Labour Party for another year as a consequence of his comments last April about Hitler and Zionism. A Labour disciplinary panel found that he had breached the party's rules on three charges.
Some Labour MPs and Jewish bodies are critical of the decision not to expell him. However, Mr Livingstone believes that he has been 'suspended for telling the truth'.
Livingstone has repeatedly defended his version of events, saying there had
been 'real collaboration' between Nazis and Zionists before
World War Two.
His case was decided by Labour's national constitution committee,
which heard two days of evidence behind closed doors before
adjourning on Friday.
A Labour Party spokesman said: 'The National Constitutional
Committee of the Labour Party has today found that all three charges
of a breach of the Labour Party's rule 2.1.8 by Ken Livingstone have
been found proved.
'The NCC consequently determined that the sanction for the
breach of Labour Party rules will be suspension from holding office
and representation within the Labour Party for two years.
'Taking account of the period of administrative suspension
already served the period of suspension will end on 27 April 2018.
'The Labour Party will make no further comment on this