A LABOUR peer has quit the party in a row over transgender rights.

Lord Moonie, a psychiatrist and former Labour MP for Kirkcaldy who served as a defence minister under Tony Blair, was suspended after an investigation was launched into a complaint he was allegedly sharing and posting transphobic content on his social media accounts.

But she announced she was instead resigning to "save them the trouble" and would "carry on campaigning for women".

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She tweeted: "I was accused of transphobia by the usual suspects, and told I must attend a disciplinary hearing. My membership suspended too.

"Not really up to fighting it so I’ve saved them the trouble. I feel free to carry on campaigning for women."

It is understood that the Labour investigation was at a preliminary stage. Her resignation from the party means no disciplinary hearing will now go ahead.

Among social media posts understood to have triggered the complaint were tweets referring a transgender person as "a c**k in a frock".

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Lord Moonie said she was "scarcely broken hearted" about leaving the party.

The 72-year-old peer has been a vocal critic on social media over trans rights and the issue of access to female-only spaces like public toilets.

In recent posts, she said "trans women are men" and the concept of transitioning to the opposite is "delusional".

A Labour spokesman said: "The Labour Party takes all complaints of transphobia and abuse seriously.

"Complaints about Lord Moonie were treated the same as complaints about any member and were being investigated in line with the Party's rules and procedures."

Meanwhile, Scotland's only openly trans councillor has quit the SNP claiming it is "institutionally transphobic".

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Dundee Councillor Gregor Murray had been suspended from his duties by the Standards Commissioner used "terms that were insulting and offensive during twitter exchanges with a member of the public, on gender-related issues, in January and July last year".

Cllr Murray, who has publicly clashed with SNP MSP Joan McAlpine over trans rights, said he was leaving the SNP after 18 years because “as a trans person, I do not feel welcome, or safe within the party’s structure."