Labour 'culturally adrift' from working classes, says ex-minister

The Labour party is "culturally adrift" from its traditional core voters, a former minister has warned in the wake of a row over alleged snobbery.

The criticism from London mayoral hopeful David Lammy follows a snobbery row after then shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry tweeted a photo of a home carrying three England flags with the words "image from Rochester".

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Home owner at centre of tweet calls Thornberry 'a snob'

The owner of the house pictured in a tweet posted by Emily Thornberry has branded the Labour MP "a snob".

"Any hint that you're patronising your voters is very, very dangerous indeed," ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby said from outside the Rochester home.

Emily Thornberry quits shadow cabinet: Full statement

Emily Thornberry said she was resigning from the shadow cabinet as she "will not let anything distract from Labour's chance to win" the next General Election.

Ms Thornberry, who was shadow attorney general, said in a statement: "Earlier today I sent a tweet which has caused offence to some people. That was never my intention and I have apologised.

Labour MP Emily Thornberry said it was never her intention to offend people with this Twitter post. Credit: Twitter/@EmilyThornberry

"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."

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Labour MP resigns from shadow cabinet after flag tweet

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has said.

Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has announced. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

It follows controversy over a tweet she posted earlier today of a house draped with England flags and the words "Image from Rochester".

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