Kenneth Robert Livingstone (born 17 June 1945) is an English politician. He served as the Leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) from 1981 until the Council was abolished in 1986, and then as the first elected Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent East from 1987 to 2001. A member of the Labour Party, he was situated on the party's hard left, ideologically identifying as a democratic socialist.
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Livingstone was heavily criticised in the mainstream media for supporting controversial issues like republicanism, LGBT rights, and a United Ireland, and given the moniker of "Red Ken" for his socialist beliefs.
Supporters have lauded his efforts to improve rights for women, LGBT people, and ethnic minorities in London, but critics have accused him of cronyism and antisemitism and lambasted him for connections to Islamists, Marxists, and leading members of Sinn Féin.
Quote: "As mayor I offer an apology on behalf of London and its institutions for their role in the transatlantic slave trade. Some say that recognising such a crime is a form of - and I quote - 'national self hate'. But the late Senator Bobby Kennedy often quoted the French writer Albert Camus who wrote: 'I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice'."
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