Robbed of the official Labour candidacy by Tony Blair, Ken Livingstone defied the New Labour leaders and in the summer of 2000 was elected Mayor of London. No sooner was Livingstone installed as Mayor than he created a Tory-Liberal-New Labour “popular front” government for London.
Conceding defeat in the contest for London mayor, on 3 May, Ken Livingstone said: “This is my last election”. As with many things Livingstone says, it’s not true.
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As the London elections approach, there has, rightly in Workers' Liberty's view, been a lot of controversy over Ken Livingstone's links to right-wing Islamist forces and his attitude to Jewish people. These are not the only ways in which Livingstone is anything but left-wing. His record, particularly as mayor of London, is one of shamelessly pro-capitalist policies varnished by an increasingly thing layer of left-wing rhetoric.
So why does the myth of "Red Ken" persist? And why do even those on the left who agree his politics are deeply flawed key into the narrative of a courageous and principled maverick, when all the evidence is to the contrary?
Where does Ken Livingstone come from politically and what does his evolution tell us about the Labour Party and labour movement? Given his record, why does Workers' Liberty advocate a Labour vote in the London elections? Come and discuss the real issues, issues hidden in the mainstream press.
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Two bottom lines: vote Labour. And expel Livingstone from the Labour Party.
A letter from prominent Jewish Labour Party supporters to party leader Ed Miliband, leaked to the press around 21 March, has expressed some profound concerns following a 1 March meeting between party activists and London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone.
Ken Livingstone has aligned himself with the Occupy movement and attacked the tax-avoiding rich. Now, however, it seems he is one of them himself.
With the London Mayoral Elections approaching, many socialists will feel conflicted.
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London mayor Ken Livingstone has a reputation for being "red" - a left-wing socialist politician. But is it deserved? In recent years, he has gone along with privatising bits of the Tube and called for striking Tube workers to cross picket lines, backed the police over the Jean Charles de Menezes killing and embraced the City of London and property developers. But was he ever any better? Come and join the discussion about Ken Livingstone's history and record.
Speakers in the debate: Martin Thomas (Workers' Liberty); Richard Price (Labour Briefing)
The British Workers’ Revolutionary Party (WRP) was a sizeable organisation up to its implosion in 1985.
Marx once rightly said:”To leave error uncorrected is to encourage intellectual immorality.”