Ken Livingstone to co-chair Trident review

Ken Livingtone answering a question, when he met the Ibero American community in South London, Photo credit: Alba Madriz/Flickr

Ken Livingtone answering a question, when he met the Ibero American community in South London, Photo credit: Alba Madriz/Flickr

Former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has been appointed the co-chair of Labour’s defence review. The review, also being co-chaired by Shadow Defence Secretary Maria Eagle, will focus on the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Ms Eagle and Mr Livingstone have opposing views on Trident, with Mr Livingstone siding with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opposing it. The Telegraph’s Asa Bennett earlier brought to light the Russia Today footage of Mr Livingstone calling Ms Eagle ‘mad’ if she really believed Trident was worth the money.

In the clip he also states that most Labour MPs dont support Trident. (The Relevant part starts at 1:40)

BBC reporter Carole Walker has stated that Ms Eagle apparently didn’t know about Mr Livingstone’s appointment until it was announced on Twitter.

In response to criticism of his appointment, Mr Livingstone has attacked Labour MP Kevan Jones an MP who suffered from depression, telling The Mirror “I think he might need some psychiatric help. He’s obviously very depressed and disturbed.” It was unclear whether Mr Livingstone knew about his condition before he made the comments.

Mr Corbyn has issued a statement regarding Mr Livingstone’s comments. He said: “Jeremy is incredibly concerned that people with mental health problems shouldn’t be stigmatised. He has worked with Kevan in the past on this issue and is impressed by his bravery in speaking out on his own mental health issues. Ken should apologise to him straight away.”

Former Labour MP George Galloway has jumped to the defence of Mr Livingstone on Twitter

With the SNP MPs confirmed to be pushing for a vote next Tuesday so as to force a split in labours ‘unilateral focussed party’. It is expect that Labour MPs will be instructed to abstain.

We spoke to John Ainslie of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s Scotland Office about what he thought of the appointment of Mr Livingstone.

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