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Labour's lynch mob leaves ex-London mayor hanging out to dry

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Not bad for a man of no great education whose specialist subject is reptiles. He has tended newts and other cold-blooded creatures as a hobby since he was a teenager fifty years ago.

His resignation from the Labour Party – he jumped before he could be pushed – became inevitable as he continued to draw fire unto himself from friends of Israel everywhere.

Livingstone has forgotten more about politics than the teenage scribblers presently writing his obituary will ever know. But neither Labour nor London will ever forget him.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will be hoping Ken doesn't have another go for a third term at City Hall. Livingstone knows how to beat Patsies wearing official Labour colours.

Tony Blair's rigging of London's first ever Mayoral election led to Ken running as an independent and thrashing the Blair-Labour Cabinet Minister put up against him. I won't say his name because he is mercifully long-forgotten.

But London had taken Ken Livingstone to its heart long before then.

As leader of the Greater London Council – precursor to the London Mayoralty – in the 1980s, Red Ken as he was known thrilled millions with his dash courage and élan in the teeth of virulent media misrepresentation. He drove Margaret Thatcher so mad she ended up abolishing the whole show as the only way to rid herself of this turbulent priest.

Innovative, endlessly progressive, Ken transformed London politics for black and ethnic........

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