Ken Livingstone escaped SECOND assassination plot in Northern Ireland - ten years after he was almost murdered for his 'Republican sympathies'
- Ken Livingston, the former mayor of London, came within days of being assassinated by convicted killer and loyalist gunman Michael Stone in 1980s
- Now another plot to murder 'Red Ken' at a Bloody Sunday protest has emerged
- Gangs of loyalists and far-right activists were to attack demo as it left Hyde Park
- Hitman was going to shoot former GLC boss and then escape in the crowd
Ken Livingstone escaped a two assassination attempts by Ulster Loyalists it has emerged.
The former mayor of London reportedly came within days of being assassinated by convicted loyalist killer Michael Stone in the 1980s because of his alleged Republican sympathies.
Now another plot to murder 'Red Ken' has been uncovered, reports the Daily Star.
Ken Livingstone (pictured) escaped a two assassination attempts by Ulster Loyalists it has emerged. He was a target because of his alleged Republican sympathies
Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) allegedly hired a hitman to shoot Mr Livingston at a Bloody Sunday protest in London in January 1993.
Gangs of loyalists and far-right activists, including neo-Nazis, had reportedly planned to attack the demo as it left Hyde Park.
The hitman was going to shoot the former GLC boss and then planned to escape in the crowd.
Loyalist Michael Stone admitted he planned to shoot Mr Livingstone and carry surveillance on the former London mayor
The plan emerged in former London Ulster Defence Association commander Frank Portinari's new autobiography, Left-Right-Loyalist.
He wrote: 'Livingstone's provocative support for Irish republican terrorists and their apologists made him public enemy number one.
'A UFF unit decided to assassinate Livingstone on the day of the march.
'A volunteer on a motorbike would be parked nearby to transport the gunman to a safe house.'
Luckily Troops Out protesters refused to leave the park and continue marching until the counter demonstrators were dispersed.
This saved Mr Livingstone's life.
Portinari added: 'Our people were stopped, searched and served with a notice to disperse or expect to be arrested.'
Some 400 people were arrested at the march causing the hitman to abandoned the plan and return to Northern Ireland.