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  Ken Livingstone faces calls for expulsion from Labour party
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Last EditedRalphie  Oct 19, 2010 12:12pm
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AuthorHelene Mulholland and Dave Hill
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateTuesday, October 19, 2010 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionKen Livingstone today faced calls for his expulsion from the Labour party after he breached strict party rules by campaigning with a non-Labour election candidate.

Livingstone, who was selected as Labour candidate for the 2012 mayoral election less than a month ago, caused consternation yesterday when he joined the campaign trail with Lutfur Rahman, an independent standing against Labour's Helal Abbas in the election to become executive mayor of Tower Hamlets council.

Labour's rules state that "a member of the party who supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate shall automatically be ineligible to be, or remain, a party member".

Eight councillors have already been expelled from the Labour party for campaigning for Rahman's bid to beat Abbas, the current leader of Tower Hamlets council.
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