Ken Livingstone makes apology for 'psychiatric help' comment

The politician had suggested a shadow defence minister who criticised him needed "psychiatric help".

Kevan Jones - who has suffered with depression - said the comments were "gravely offensive". Mr Livingstone initially refused to apologise. But he has now tweeted that the comments should not have been made. Mr Livingstone tweeted his apology after refusing to say sorry during interviews. "I unreservedly apologise to Kevan Jones for my comments. They should not have been made at all, let alone in this context," he said. He told the BBC he "had no idea" about Mr Jones's mental health condition. Asked whether this was an excuse for his language, he told BBC News: "I grew up in South London where if someone's rude to you, you are rude back."
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