Peer quits party ahead of committee hearing

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A South Yorkshire peer has resigned from the Labour party just before he was due to face a hearing over allegations he made anti-Semitic comments.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, from Rotherham, was due before Labour’s national executive committee to answer accusations he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous-driving jail term.

He insists he does not recall making the comments and his solicitor Stephen Smith said he would not be able to receive a ‘fair trial’ from the party.

Lord Ahmed was suspended from the party in March after The Times reported he blamed his 2009 prison sentence – for sending text messages shortly before his car was involved in a fatal crash – on pressure placed on the courts by Jews ‘who own newspapers and TV channels’.