'A transgender former L’Oreal Paris model who was sacked by the cosmetics giant for her comments about systemic racism has stepped down from her position on a Labour advisory panel for LGBT+ issues.
Munroe Bergdorf was asked to sit on an advisory board by Labour front-bencher and shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler.
Bergdorf said "endless attacks" on her character by the "right wing press" and vitriolic abuse on social media had forced her to resign from the position.
"Following last week's exciting announcement that I had accepted a place on an LGBT advisory board assembled to offer counsel to Dawn Butler, the Labour party's women and equalities minister, it is with great sadness that I have decided to step down," she 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' efforts, especially those at The Daily Mail, to discredit the Labour Party and push their transphobic rightist agendas.
"I wanted my appointment to be something positive and exciting for the community, but instead it has turned into nasty tabloid fodder, blown out of all proportion."'
Read more: Munroe Bergdorf: L'Oreal model resigns from Labour party LGBT+ board following 'relentless online abuse'
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