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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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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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