A student who introduced Jeremy Corbyn at one of the Labour leader's local election campaign speeches has admitted to posting racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic posts on Twitter, in a statement published on Tuesday 9 May.

Bethany Barker, a 19-year-old history student at the University of Nottingham, has also resigned as general secretary of Nottingham Labour Students.

"As some of you may have seen online, some anti-Semitic, homophobic, and racist tweets have resurfaced from my old Twitter account from 2012-14," she said.

"I understand the upset that these comments have caused and I want to extend my sincerest apologies to anyone that I have offended.

"I am appalled and ashamed by these comments and I condemn them in their entirety; they are outrageous and wrong and I should have never said them."

In a 2013 post, Barker said "I cooked brandon chicken and rice, supporting the n***** race". She referenced a "Jew cap" in a separate tweet.

Jacob Collier, chair of Nottingham Labour Students, said: "The Nottingham Labour Student committee condemns these comments and would like to state that it is not representative of the Nottingham Labour Students committee or our members."

Barker spoke at a Labour event in Newark, Nottinghamshire, in April and welcomed Corbyn onto the stage. The news comes a month after former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone was suspended Labour for bringing the party into "disrepute".

Livingstone, a former ally of Corbyn's, had claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was a supporter of Zionism in the 1930s.