Lord Ahmed denies accusations of anti-Semitism

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A peer has resigned from the Labour Party days before he was due to face a hearing after reportedly blaming Jewish-owned media organisations for his imprisonment for dangerous driving.

The peer is said to have told an Urdu-language broadcaster in Pakistan that he should have been sentenced by a magistrate, but pressure had been placed on the courts to charge him with a more serious offence because of his support for Palestinians.

In an interview with BBC Asian Network's Chetan Pathak, Lord Ahmed said: "I am not anti-Semitic, I have never held these views."

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