On BBC1's Question Time last night, Ken Livingstone's assertion that Tony Blair was to blame for the 7 July 2005 terrorist attacks in London was called "shameful" by comedian and former Labour Party adviser Matt Forde.

The former mayor of London argued that Blair had been warned of attacks upon London if he went to war in Iraq and had ignored advice, which resulted in the deaths of 52 Londoners in the 7/7 bombings.

Livingstone said:

I remember when Tony Blair was told by the security services if you go into Iraq we will be a target for terrorism. He ignored that advice and it killed 52 Londoners.

His assertion was argued against by comedian Forde, who renounced his Labour Party membership when Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader.

This idea that you can absolve the people who killed those innocent Londoners by blaming it on Tony Blair, is shameful. Blame it on the people who carried out the atrocity.

Livingstone responded:

Go and look at what they put on their website, they did those killings because of our invasion of Iraq.

He was briefly interrupted by Forde:

So just accept the propaganda of the terrorists then, Ken.

Livingstone continued:

No, they gave their lives. They said what they believed. They took Londoners' lives in protest against our invasion of Iraq and we were lied to by Tony Blair about Iraq. There were no weapons of mass destruction.

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