Labour MP John Mann has angrily confronted Ken Livingstone after the former mayor of London claimed Hitler was Zionist, as Labour faces an anti-Semitism scandal. "Let's remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel," Livingstone told BBC Radio London. "He was supporting Zionism – this before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews."
The comments came after Livingstone attempted to defend Bradford West MP Naz Shah, who was suspended by Labour for backing a call to relocate Israelis to the United States. "Her remarks were over the top but she's not anti-Semitic. I've been in the Labour party for 47 years; I've never heard anyone say anything anti-Semitic," Livingstone claimed.
Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, claimed Livingstone was a "Nazi apologist" and accused him of "re-writing' history". Livingstone claimed Mann went "completely over-the-top".