The left-wing politician, vying for prime minister, dodged on his party’s response to anti-Semitic comments from Ken Livingstone.
UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was pressed by an audience member at a candidate forum on Friday over his response to Labour Party member Ken Livingstone’s recent anti-Semitic comments.
“You speak about creating an equal society free from racism and anti-Semitism,” an audience member told Corbyn. “How can I believe a word of this when you, as party leader, have failed to expel one of your own members, Ken Livingstone, for his anti-Semitic remarks?”
“There is no place for anti-Semitism anywhere in our society, and certainly not in our party,” Corbyn said.
He said that Livingstone has been temporarily suspended.
“We have a process that is independent of me within the party which investigates these and makes a decision on it,” Corbyn said, washing his hands of the issue.
He then discussed the importance of fighting racism, and lamented how much the world has mistreated the Jewish people.
“If it’s something that’s so important to you, how are you suffice with only suspending him for a short period of time? How is it not enough to expel him?” the audience member asked Corbyn.
Short of patience, Corbyn responded, “He has been suspended and further investigations may or may not happen after the election, but he is suspended from membership.”
“But not permanently!” the audience member interjected.
Livingstone, the former mayor of London, made comments in March “claiming that Zionists ‘collaborated’ with Nazis ‘right up to the start’ of the Second World War.”
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