Ex-Labour chief prevented Livingstone publishing Hitler views in 2012

Ed Miliband, the former leader of the UK’s Labour Party, prevented Ken Livingstone from publishing “ridiculous & ignorant views on Hitler and Zionism” when he was running as the party’s candidate for London mayor in 2012, according to a former adviser.

Livingstone was suspended from the party on Thursday for declaring and continuing to insist that Adolf Hitler was initially a Zionist. He made the claim as part of a defense of Labour MP Naz Shah who had been suspended for expressing support for the “relocation” of Israel from the Middle East.

Tom Baldwin, Miliband’s former spin doctor, added in a later tweet: “Livingstone wanted it in his ‘memoirs’ before the mayoral election. Ed told him he was wrong and to take it out.”

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