The 72-year-old member of the House of Lords made the announcement via his social media accounts on May 14. He wrote that he had to resign as he had been suspended from his role in the party pending the disciplinary hearing concerning the alleged transphiobic scandal in which he is rumored to play the main role. “Not really up to fighting it so I’ve saved them the trouble. I feel free to carry on campaigning for women,” he wrote on Twitter, and resposting a similar message on Facebook he noted that it wasn’t worth fighting the accusations of transphobia and added that his health “isn’t up to it.” But the Labour Party co-chair Melantha Chittenden stated that the party will still investigate this issue very seriously because anti-LGBT discrimination should have no place in society at all, and by no means it should have place within the Labour Party. Chittenden continued: “There is currently a polarizing discussion around trans rights across the country and we are seeing anti-trans groups, such as those supported by Lord Moonie, exploit this by peddling misconceptions and misinformation in order to stir up division and hatred”.