To say Labour’s decision not to expel Ken Livingstone from the party — but instead suspend him for a year — over his comments on Hitler and Zionism has gone down like a cup of cold sick with the PLP would be an understatement. Following the move, Luciana Berger branded it ‘a new low’ for her party while Michael Dugher asked: ‘is the party really saying it knows more about anti-Semitism than the Chief Rabbi?’
So, with that in mind, Livingstone was clearly hoping to calm and unite his comrades when he took to social media to say the party must redouble its efforts for a Labour Government.
My statement on the extension of my suspension.
Now we must redouble our efforts for a Labour Government.
— Ken Livingstone (@ken4london) April 4, 2017
Only there’s a problem. The original tweet read a bit differently. Livingstone in fact said: ‘now we need to reduce our efforts for a Labour government’.
Listen to Douglas Murray and James Forsyth debating Ken Livingstone’s non-expulsion: