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'Jewish voters misunderstood me', says Ken

Ken Livingstone defended his assertion that Hitler supported Zionism and said that he had been smeared, in an interview with Sky News

    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.”

    Watch the interview below:


    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?”

     

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