Emily Thornberry Has Resigned From The Shadow Cabinet Over A Tweet
The shadow attorney general resigned following controversy over a picture she tweeted.
Emily Thornberry, the Labour party's shadow attorney general, has resigned from the shadow cabinet.
It appears she has quit over a controversy that began this afternoon, when she tweeted this picture of a suburban house in Strood.
She came in for some severe criticism from social media users and some parts of the media, who claimed she was being a "snob".
In an attempt to defend her stance, Thornberry told the Daily Mail: "'It was a house covered in British flags. I've never seen anything like it before.
It had three huge flags covering the whole house. I thought it was remarkable. I've never seen a house completely covered in flags."
The tweet was widely shared on Twitter and the news was made worse when it was reported that fellow Labour MPs said Thornberry was "out of touch".
Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, said Thornberry's tweet was "derogatory". He told the Daily Mail: 'I think she was being derogatory and dismissive of the people. We all know what she was trying to imply."
The reaction apparently angered Ed Miliband, the party's leader.
MailOnline has obtained a statement from Thornberry:
Earlier today I sent a tweet which has caused offence to some people. That was never my intention and I have apologised. However I will not let anything distract from Labour's chance to win the coming general election. I have therefore tonight told Ed Miliband I will resign from the shadow cabinet.