Case | 5 April 2017

Clive Sheldon QC and Julian Milford in Ken Livingstone disciplinary proceedings

The Labour Party’s internal disciplinary proceedings against Ken Livingstone have been widely reported. On 4 April, a panel of the Labour Party’s National Constitutional Committee found Ken Livingstone guilty of causing prejudice and/or gross detriment to the Party, contrary to its rules. The 3 counts on which Mr Livingstone was found to have caused the Party prejudice/gross detriment related to the way in which he responded in April 2016 to anti-Semitic tweets by Naz Shah MP, which the Party contended had caused widespread offence. Mr Livingstone’s response included a gratuitous statement that “Hitler was supporting Zionism”. The panel did not expel Mr Livingstone from the Party, but imposed a 2-year suspension upon him, reduced by around 11 months for time he had already spent on suspension.

Clive Sheldon QC and Julian Milford of 11KBW acted for the Labour Party in the proceedings.