Ken Livingstone has remained defiant over his Hitler Zionism remarks, claiming Jewish voters misunderstood him.
Interviewed on Sky News, the former Mayor of London was asked by Adam Boulton: “Do you accept that in Barnet you may have cost the party control?”. Mr Livingstone replied: “If anybody believes I said Hitler was a Zionist, yes.”
Mr Livingstone, 72, who is currently suspended from the Labour Party, referenced Hitler seven times in the interview. He repeated his claim that “Zionists did a deal with Hitler in the ‘30s. They collaborated.”
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He described the coverage of his comments as attempts by “the Tory press” to “demean” him, adding: “It always gets you into trouble if you tell the truth.”
Mr Livingstone called the antisemitism row in Labour a “distraction” in the local elections and added: “I’m not going to my grave with this issue remaining unresolved. How can you be suspended for stating historical fact?”