Anti-Semitism row official Christine Shawcroft quits Labour NEC

Christine Shawcroft

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Jeremy Corbyn had been under pressure to sack Christine Shawcroft from the NEC

The Labour official at the centre of an anti-Semitism row has resigned from the party’s ruling committee.

Christine Shawcroft said her membership of the NEC had “become a distraction for the party and an excuse for endless intrusive media harassment of myself, my family and friends”.

The row erupted after it emerged she had opposed the suspension of a council candidate accused of Holocaust denial.

Ms Shawcroft will be replaced on the NEC by comedian Eddie Izzard.

Dozens of Labour MPs and peers had urged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to suspend Ms Shawcroft from the NEC.

In a statement announcing her resignation on Saturday night, she said: “I reaffirm my complete opposition to anti-Semitism and my abhorrence of Holocaust denial, and support all measures to tackle this within the party.”

She added that she would “pledge my full energy to securing for our country the Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn that it so desperately needs.”

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