“Our whole ambition is to die on the path to Allah… I am sure we will conquer” said Ken Livingstone’s favourite Muslim cleric, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, as he touched down in Gaza on Wednesday for a three day solidarity visit. Before he left on Friday he told a Muslim Brotherhood rally that Israel had no [...]
Tonight I’m down to debate at the Oxford Union on the motion that ‘This House Remembers New Labour Warmly’(or is it fondly?). I shall be speaking against. My main ally, enjoyably enough, is my old comrade Ken Livingstone. This...
Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone blamed US policy for the Boston Marathon bombings on Iranian television channel Press TV. MEMRI reported: MEMRI has the transcript: Voice of Muhammad, a caller from the UK: How [come the Boston bombers] enjoyed all … Continue reading ?
Speaking on his Iranian television program, former London Mayor Ken Livingston placed the blame for the radicalization of the two brothers who carried out the attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15 squarely on the shoulders of former President George W. Show More Summary
Ken Livingstone’s remarks about the motives of the Boston bombing suspects have been widely condemned for suggesting that American foreign policy ‘fuels the anger’ that drove such young men into acts of terrorism. Tory chairman… Continue reading...Show More Summary
We had it coming. That’s how controversial former London Mayor Ken Livingstone paints the picture of the Boston bombing. And where did he make his remarks? On Iranian TV.
Ken Livingstone sure gets around. As Guido Fawkes reports, the former Mayor of London and newt fancier has appeared on Iranian state TV to discuss who was responsible for the Boston bombings. Ken points the finger at the Americans: Very often, people get incredibly angry about injustices that they see. They would have been reading [...]
Here's an informative and well balanced piece on the legacy of Hugo Chavez - 'El Comandante' - by David Aaronovitch writing in The Times. Isn't it good to see someone in public life exposing the weasel words of Ken Livingstone - and to think Ken was the Labour party's candidate for London Mayor. Show More Summary
If an ability to make the trains run on time is the litmus test for a modern dictator, Hugo Chavez – who succumbed to cancer yesterday – was a failure. In 2007, with Venezuela’s antiquated transport system teetering on the brink of collapse, the former head of the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement reached out to the [...]
Tributes to Hugo Chávez have been flooding in today from all the usual suspects. According to Diane Abbott, his death is a "tragedy for Latin America", while Ken Livingstone hails him as a "friend and comrade". Len McLusky, the leader of Unite, expresses his "deep sadness" on behalf of his union's 1.5 million members – not [...]
Labour's NEC has rejected Ken Livingstone's request for Lutfur Rahman to get back into the Labour party. The NEC's organisation sub-committee was setting the process for selecting a Labour mayoral candidate in Tower Hamlets. He or she...Show More Summary
Ken Livingstone was openly laughed at by members of Labour’s National Executive Committee today, I am told, after he urged them to readmit the extremist-linked mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, to the party and let him stand as the Labour candidate in the borough’s 2014 mayoral election. The NEC’s organisation sub-committee was setting the [...]
Last year I introduced you to Murziline Parchment (right of the picture above), one of Ken Livingstone’s notorious City Hall “cronies” during his mayoralty. After losing her £126,000 job when Ken lost the 2008 election, Parchment popped up again in 2011 as “head of office” for Lutfur Rahman, the elected mayor of Tower Hamlets expelled [...]
Andrew Gilligan blogged yesterday about Ken Livingstone and Press TV. I too took the Iranian rial a few times. In mitigation, the sums were tiny and like him I was suffering from the delusion that the station allowed free speech. I think it was when I was interviewed by Cherie Blair’s sister Lauren Booth, who [...]
According to one of its official Twitter channels, Ken Livingstone will tonight resume his presenting role at Press TV, the Iranian regime's English-language TV station. He presented a book review show on Press TV until 2011, when he was ordered to give it up by the Labour Party leadership, despite not wanting to. Now, however, [...]
I have today received an apology in the High Court for false and defamatory statements made about me by Ken Livingstone in his recent autobiography, You Can’t Say That. Other redress has also been agreed. Presumably to save face, Ken’s side insisted that this remain confidential. In the book, reviewed here, Ken wrote that I [...]
Tower Hamlets Labour Party announced last week that it had expelled five councillors for supporting Lutfur Rahman, the borough's extremist-linked mayor. The five – Kabir Ahmed, Rofique Ahmed, Abdul Asad, Shafiqul Haque and the tax-dodging Shahed Ali – campaigned for Lutfur's candidate, Ghulam Robbani, against the official Labour man in a rather controversial byelection in [...]
Gerry Adams was due to deliver a speech last night at the Venezuelan embassy in London in memory of Ken Livingstone's former deputy chief of staff, Redmond O'Neill. However the Sinn Fein President had to pull out at the last minute. On...Show More Summary
Wikimedia Commons Sean Fear reviews the Mayoral and Assembly elections The London Mayoral election was closer than expected. Boris Johnson finished up beating Ken Livingstone by 44% to 40% on first preferences, and by 51.5 to 48.5% on second preferences. This was closer than the polls had predicted. It was nonetheless, an impressive performance for [...]