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A LABOUR mayor has re­signed from the party, claim­ing it has be­come the “nasty party” and is “march­ing to­wards fas­cism at a steady pace”.

Mayor of Hartle­pool Al­lan Bar­clay yes­ter­day wrote that he was re­sign­ing from the Labour Party with im­me­di­ate ef­fect and said it had be­come a “party of anti-Semites, racists and ho­mo­phobes”.

The 65-year-old said he had first be­come in­volved with Labour aged 14 and joined the party in the early 1990s af­ter serv­ing in the Royal En­gi­neers.

Mr Bar­clay said he felt the party was now “un­recog­nis­able” from when he first joined and had been “in­fil­trated” by peo­ple who do not hold Labour val­ues.

He added: “My fear has be­come a re­al­ity that the Labour Party has be­come a party of anti-Semi­tists, racists and ho­mo­phobes…it has in­deed be­come the nasty party.

“As an armed forces vet­eran I fear the Labour Party is at a dark turn­ing point and march­ing to­wards fas­cism at a steady pace.

“I’ve wit­nessed anti-Semitism, racism, ho­mo­pho­bia, dis­abil­ity discrimination and a gen­eral dis­re­spect to­wards oth­ers.”

In his res­ig­na­tion let­ter, sent to leader Jeremy Cor­byn, deputy leader Tom Watson and party gen­eral sec­re­tary Jen­nie Formby, Mr Bar­clay said the only way for Labour to be­come re­spectable again was for Mr Cor­byn to resign and Cor­bynites to be re­moved from the party.”

Mr Bar­clay was de­s­e­lected by Labour mem­bers last year to stand again as the party’s can­di­date for the town’s Manor House ward.

LEADER: Cor­byn

QUIT: Bar­clay

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