A councillor has quit her “toxic” local Labour Party after alleged bullying and discrimination.

Dr Shery Delfani, a councillor on West Bletchley Council, is leaving the Milton Keynes Labour Party with immediate effect.

In a picture, the local councillor for the Fairways Ward, can be seen cutting up her Labour membership card with scissors.

Her resignation letter, dated October 18, reads: “This is an extremely sad day for me, but after very long considerable thought, I am officially resigning from the Labour Party as of today.”

In the statement, seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Dr Delfani says she has become disillusioned with politics, rather than seeing it as a force for change.

She says: “Over the past three years, I have discovered just how far from the truth that is in the Milton Keynes Labour Party.

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“I have suffered persistent and systematic discrimination, bullying and unfair treatment.”

The outgoing Labour member also appeared to make a veiled attack on Sir Keir Starmer and the Party’s national leadership.

She added: “Today I am certain that I do not feel able to continue being part of a toxic local party and that is marred by a lack of compassion and suffers from a culture of incompetence locally and nationally.”

The single mother, who describes herself as “from an ethnic minority background”, said her formal complaints to the party have been ignored.

Dr Delfani, who first got involved in local politics around 10 years ago, will remain a councillor for West Bletchley Council.

Milton Keynes Labour Party has been approached for comment.