John McDonnell 's aide, Labour MP Naz Shah has resigned from her role over a Facebook post in which she appeared to back relocation of Israelis to the US.

The Bradford West MP shared a picture in 2014 - nine months before she became an MP - of Israel's outline superimposed onto a map of the US under the headline "Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict - Relocate Israel into United States", with the comment "problem solved".

Ms Shah, who was an unpaid Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Hayes and Harlington constituency MP, apologised for any offence caused by the post on Tuesday (April 26).

She now says she "deeply regretted" the hurt caused by her comments and accepted there was "no excuse" for the offence they caused and has resigned from the post of aide to the Shadow Chancellor.

The Facebook post in question suggested the US has "plenty of land" to accommodate Israel as a 51st state, allowing Palestinians to "get their life and their land back".

It added that Israeli people would be welcome and safe in the US while the "transportation cost" would be less than three years' worth of Washington's support for Israeli defence spending.

Ms Shah added a note suggesting the plan might "save them some pocket money".

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'I deeply regret the hurt I have caused'

After the posting was highlighted by the Guido Fawkes website, Ms Shah released a statement in which she said: "This post from two years ago was made before I was an MP, does not reflect my views and I apologise for any offence it has caused."

In a second statement, Ms Shah announced she was standing down from her unpaid role as Mr McDonnell's parliamentary private secretary.

"I deeply regret the hurt I have caused by comments made on social media before I was elected as an MP," she said.

"I made these posts at the height of the Gaza conflict in 2014, when emotions were running high around the Middle East conflict. But that is no excuse for the offence I have given, for which I unreservedly apologise.

"In recognition of that offence, I have stepped down from my role as PPS to the shadow chancellor and Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell.

"I will be seeking to expand my existing engagement and dialogue with Jewish community organisations and will be stepping up my efforts to combat all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism."

A Labour spokeswoman told The Mirror that the party was making no comment on the issue.

Ms Shah is a member of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, which is currently conducting an inquiry into the rise of anti-Semitism.