Britain Bringing Down the House

Meet "Red Ken," the most outrageous politician in Parliament

The debate in the House of Commons was heated and noisy, so naturally the Honorable Member from Brent East was in the thick of it. Discussing the deaths of suspected terrorists in Northern Ireland, Ken Livingstone suggested that the British Attorney General was an "accomplice to murder." Tories shouted, "Withdraw! Withdraw!" and the Speaker admonished the Labor M.P., demanding that he rephrase his comment. As Livingstone sat silently unrepentant, the Commons voted to oust him from the chamber. A sword-bearing sergeant at arms escorted him out the door.

The suspension lasted only five days, and by last week Livingstone was back...

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