Ken Livingstone repeats Hitler remarks while defending Keith Vaz

'To suggest that Hitler was a Zionist is mad. He loathed and feared Jews all his life but he did do a deal with the Zionist movement in the 1930s,' says the former London Mayor

Matt Payton
Tuesday 06 September 2016 19:01
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Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour Party in April
Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour Party in April

Ken Livingstone has repeated his remarks about Hitler's relationship with Zionist Jews while defending Keith Vaz in a television interview.

The former London Mayor was suspended from the Labour Party in April after mentioning Hitler made deals with Zionist Jews in the 1930s.

Speaking with Victoria Derbyshire, the former London Mayor said the Labour Party are putting off dealing with his suspension.

Mr Livingstone said: "It’s now four months since I’ve been suspended and I’m still waiting for the committee to sit down and decide whether what I said was true or not and I think that the reason they keep putting me off is because I’ve got so much evidence that what I was saying is true.

"I mean, particularly striking if you go to the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, one of the pamphlets they sell to tourists is about the deal that Hitler did with the Zionists in the 1930s."

He refuted any suggestion that he said Hitler was a Zionist, saying the fascist dictator "loathed and feared Jews".

Mr Livingstone added: "If I had said Hitler was a Zionist, I wouldn’t just have apologised but I would have gone straight to my doctor to check that I wasn’t in the first stages of dementia.

“To suggest that Hitler was a Zionist is mad. He loathed and feared Jews all his life but he did do a deal with the Zionist movement in the 1930s.”

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However, he said Hitler's relationship with Zionists was not simply a "one-off thing" but a "whole working relationship".

Before speaking about his own controversy, he offered his support to former colleague Keith Vaz MP, who has been accused of sleeping with male prostitutes.

He said: "Do you judge someone’s political career on the basis of one incident like this? Everybody makes mistakes.

"Don’t judge somebody on one mistake that they make in their life or even a couple of mistakes."

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