Red Ken Livingstone Fails to Go Green
Ken Livingstone’s application to join the Green Party has been refused, Jewish News understands.
The former London Mayor – who quit Labour three years ago in a row about his comments on Zionism and the Nazis – confirmed he had applied to join the Greens in an interview last month.
It is understood that Livingstone was interviewed by the party and expressed a wish to join them and become a high-profile figure in the party.
Sources claim that at one stage the 76 year-old even made suggestions he could stand as a candidate for the Mayor of London election again.
But party insiders say Livingstone was grilled about his views on antisemitism – along with his desire to make amends over his spectacular fall-out with the Jewish community.
Speaking to the Guardian last month, Livingtone said “I never met anyone in the Green party I didn’t like. I will apply to join them [the Greens].
He said he had already had earlier talks with several senior party members in which he outlined “how much I wanted to join and what I’d do” but he never received a response.
Livingstone added his suspicion is that the party “thought that if they brought me in they’d be accused of being antisemitic”.