Lawyers for Ian Austin MP have described the Labour’s investigation into him as a “farce and a disgrace” after he clashed with the party chairman over its new code on anti-Semitism.

The Dudley North MP tweeted copied of letters from his lawyers amid the ongoing anti-Semitism crisis within the Labour party.

Mr Austin said: “Almost three weeks ago Labour told me I was being investigated.

“My lawyers replied last week asking for details and saying “the Labour Party has failed to observe the most rudimentary principles of natural justice, due process and transparency.”

“It says the party is “prejudging the complaints” and “This process has been a farce and a disgrace. It has plainly been designed to silence our client for his legitimate, honestly-held criticisms of Mr Corbyn’s failure to address the scourge of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.”