Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf has resigned from the board of the Labour Party’s LGBT advisory board just over a week after she was appointed,
Bergdorf cited attacks made on her in the tabloid press and by Conservatives following comments she had made on social media about the “racial violence of white people”.
The post which she made after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesburg, Virginia, last year, read: “Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism.”
She had also posted tweets criticising suffragettes, who she described as white supremacists fighting for white women’s rights, and called gay Tories a “special kind of dickhead”.
In a statement Bergdorf said: “This is a decision that I’ve had to make due to endless attacks on my character by the conservative right wing press and relentless online abuse.
“I refuse to be painted as a villain or used as a pawn in the press’s efforts, especially those at the Daily Mail, to discredit the Labour party and push their transphobic rightist agendas.”
Bergdorf was previously a model for L’Oréal, who fired her for her outspoken comments on white people’s racism.