Mapesbury councillor says 'hugely popular' Ken Livingstone is victim of 'show trial'

Owen Jones being interviewed by Sarah Sackman at the JLM event

Owen Jones being interviewed by Sarah Sackman at the JLM event

Labour is to launch a new probe into Ken Livingstone's behaviour in the wake of his suspension from the party over controversial comments regarding Adolf Hitler and Zionism, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Huff Post UK also spoke to members who said they were on the verge of leaving the party. We have a zero tolerance position on racism so there can be no debate as to what action the party must take.

Amid the growing furor, Corbyn said the party's governing executive council would investigate comments made by Livingstone in the wake of his suspension. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews, ' Mr Livingstone said.

Corbyn, the Labour leader said: 'Ken Livingstone's comments have been grossly insensitive, and he has caused deep offence and hurt to the Jewish community.

Brent North MP Barry Gardiner, who is also Labour's global trade and climate change spokesman, said earlier that Mr Livingstone had caused "enormous offence and should have apologised" after his remarks about Hitler and Zionism.

In an attack on Labour MPs and the media, he said: "I didn't delay the inquiry for 11 months".

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended from holding party office until April 2018.

I am horrified by Ken Livingstone's lack of contrition and repeated offence which could be potential grounds for further investigation by the party.

When asked whether he accepted he had poor judgement over the remarks, Mr Livingstone replied: "No".

Livingstone's comments suggested that at some stage Hitler held positive views towards Jews, a view Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, from Maidenhead Synagogue, says is a "deliberate falsification of history".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the suspension was "disappointing" and "does not reflect the severity of the verdict".

Mr Livingstone, known as "Red Ken", has insisted he does not "see what all the fuss is about" after 100 MPs and peers protested about him not being banned from the party.

Labour lawmaker Wes Streeting said the decision was "a awful betrayal of Jewish Labour supporters".

Speaking on LBC radio on Wednesday, Livingstone said: "My job is to tell the truth and I'm going to keep at it until the day I pop my clogs".

'We felt sure that the Labour Party, blighted by antisemitism as it is, would reclaim some of its former self and expel him.

"If I am expelled from the Labour Party, we will seek judicial review, but we won't submit that until after the local elections are over".

She added: "As a teenager, I joined the party whilst living in the heart of the Jewish community in Hampstead".

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