Ken Livingstone

The Last Word: Offensive – and wrong

Richard Angell  |  7 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s warped view of history, Diane Abbott on taxing private schools, and a sad farewell to Sarah Hayward – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I had two statements ready for the outcome of Ken Livingstone’s hearing regarding his Adolf Hitler ‘supported Zionism … before going mad’ outbursts of April 2016. …

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The Livingstone verdict cannot rest

Joan Ryan MP  |  5 April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn must prove that pronouncements about zero tolerance towards antisemitism are more than just words, argues Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan MP Despite being found guilty of bringing Labour into disrepute, Ken Livingstone was apparently saved from expulsion because of his long service to the party. Let’s be clear: Livingstone has an …

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Passover with Ken Livingstone

Jay Stoll  |  5 April 2017

If Ken Livingstone could attend Seder with my family I might be spared the indignity of having to explain Labour’s inaction on antisemitism, argues Jay Stoll  Next week is Passover, the Jewish festival of liberation. For those unfamiliar, or for comrades a bit too attached to the adaptation in Disney’s Prince of Egypt, Passover can be …

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We stay. We stand. We fight

Mike Katz  |  5 April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn needs to step in and ensure the Ken Livingstone verdict is urgently reviewed, writes Jewish Labour Movement vice-chair Mike Katz Yesterday’s verdict on was a slap on the wrist for Ken Livingstone and a slap in the face for Jewish Labour members and supporters – indeed, thousands of Labour Party members of all faiths …

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Standing by, not standing up

Richard Angell  |  5 April 2017

Labour failed in its duty to make the party a safe space for Jewish people, writes Progress director Richard Angell Yesterday Labour launched its local election campaign with the slogan ‘Standing up for you’. By the end of day it was shown to be utterly meaningless. I have never felt more ashamed to be a member …

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Labour’s shame reaches across borders

Conor Pope  |  3 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s remarks have left a black mark on the name of a party once internationally renowned for its anti-racism, argues Progress deputy editor Conor Pope We were halfway through a tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, when our tour guide, an academic historian, paused mid-point. ‘This is why it is so important …

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Do not hold your breath

Richard Angell  |  30 March 2017

Corbyn’s Labour has dragged its feet on real action to combat the party’s antisemitism problem, argues Richard Angell A year ago I wrote a piece for this publication entitled ‘Concrete action needed’. Its sister piece in the Daily Mirror set out an eight-point plan suggesting what Labour could do about the antisemitism problem that was engulfing the party. Vicky …

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The Last Word: The wrong Jeremy

Richard Angell  |  13 January 2017

The NHS crisis, progressive alliance ploys and Momentum purges – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Toby Perkins’ speech to the House of Commons this week on the death of his father was not only a brave personal intervention, but also an important contribution to the debate around the National Health Service. That the …

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The Last Word: May’s muddled thinking

Richard Angell  |  6 January 2017

Theresa May had a pretty bad start to the year with resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the European Union. It was unfortunate for her that his email to all staff was leaked to the media. His warning about ‘muddled thinking’ should be a theme that the Labour leader – …

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Actions speak louder than words

Richard Angell  |  17 October 2016

The home affairs select committee released a seminal report yesterday. It is the culmination of work that started on 12 April 2016. The incidents with Naz Shah, Ken Livingstone and Jacqui Walker all came to light or took place after the inquiry was announced. Unless the committee had some great insight that the former mayor of London …

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