The Labour Party has suspended the Brighton, Hove and District branch and annulled election results which brought Jeremy Corbyn supporters to power.

Last weekend, supporters of Mr Corbyn were elected to key positions on the local party's executive committee.

It came after Brighton and Hove Council leader Warren Morgan sent an email asking for supporters to back candidates he preferred.

He wrote after the meeting - which hundreds of people attended at City College - that a member of the venue's staff was spat on.

He wrote: “I am sorry to hear that our local MP was subject to abuse by some of those attending, and that a member of venue staff unconnected with the meeting was spat on.”

Greg Hadfield, who was the newly-elected secretary of the constituency party’s executive committee said he had received no complaint about the claims.

The local party was suspended last night.

A statement posted on the Brighton and Hove Labour Party twitter page said: "The Labour Party National Executive Committee have suspended the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party, and annulled the results of the AGM.

"The 2015/16 Executive remain in place until a new AGM is held.

"This does not affect Labour councillors, individual members or their ability to vote in the NEC or Leadership elections.

"We will be making no further comment pending the investigation, and all enquiries should be directed to Labour South East Regional Office."