Statement from Ken Livingstone on media misrepresentation regarding comments on Venezuela

I’m very disappointed at the deliberate misreporting of my comments regarding the situation in Venezuela.

I have not said that Hugo Chávez should have killed anyone and nor would I ever advocate it. I even dispel this accusation in the very interview that is being extensively quoted.

The point I was making is that contrary to some misrepresentations, Hugo Chávez didn’t repress the former ruling elite in Venezuela and many members of the former ruling elite have stayed in the country, seeking to overthrow elected Presidents through unconstitutional and violent means (including the coup in 2002) ever since.…
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Tory hypocrisy on student debt knows no bounds

Don’t believe the media lies, it is Corbyn’s Labour that cares about obscene levels of student debt, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

DESPITE a media frenzy of misrepresentation fuelled by the Tories, polling this week confirmed that only 17 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds interpreted Jeremy Corbyn’s comments to “deal with” historic student debt as promising a full write-off.…
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Ecuador shows investment works

KEN LIVINGSTONE pays tribute to the radical policies and achievements of former president Rafael Correa.

RAFAEL CORREA recently ended his time as president of Ecuador; his 10 years as leader have been marked by some outstanding achievements, which should be noted internationally by all progressives.

In a break from the neoliberal policies of the past, in the last decade Ecuador invested massively in free healthcare and free university education.…
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The Queen’s Speech shows May is weak

Corbyn, by contrast, leads a Labour Party that is ready to govern in the interests of the many, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

THE success of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn-led general election campaign in defying the odds and denying Theresa May a majority continues to transform the political scene in Britain, and nothing illustrated this more than the Queen’s Speech this week.…
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Theresa May can be defeated and Jeremy Corbyn be the next PM

Theresa May entered the general election promising to be a strong and stable leader but is now reliant on the deeply reactionary DUP to govern, after one of the biggest own goals in British political history. Her government will be deeply unstable and can be defeated.

One reason why she can be defeated is that the scale of enthusiasm generated for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour message during the General Election campaign – especially amongst younger voters – was stunning and can provide a base to build on and change the direction of British politics for years to come.…
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Jeremy can take the fight to May’s coalition of chaos

THERESA MAY entered the general election promising to be a strong and stable leader but is now reliant on the DUP to govern, after one of the biggest own goals in British political history. Her government will be deeply unstable and can be defeated.

The Tories expected to write a script for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour during this election campaign: incompetence and weakness.…
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May’s manifesto of hatred and misery

The Tories’ general election manifesto is the most hard-right in living memory, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

ONE of the most ridiculous pieces of spin from Theresa May’s media mogul mates in this general election campaign has been the sustained attempt to present May and the Tory Party as a moderate or centre ground party, with one national paper terming their manifesto as “blue Labour” and another even trying to argue that the Tories are now a party of workers.…
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Labour’s Robin Hood tax is a radical and responsible policy for a better Britain

This General Election campaign so far, with three weeks to go, has been marked by Theresa May refusing to take part in TV debates with Labour’s leader to defend the Tory record, and being generally elusive in terms of economic policy commitments, including in the area of taxation.

We all know that Chancellor Philip Hammond wanted to put up National Insurance Contributions to the tune of £2 billion in the last budget, but was forced into a U-turn.…
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Corbynomics will transform Britain

The Tories have rushed into this election because of economic difficulties and are offering no hope for a better future, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

IF YOU want to know why Theresa May rushed into calling a general election, despite repeatedly saying she wouldn’t do so, then the much quoted phrase “it’s the economy, stupid” sums it up neatly.…
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