Mark Latham leaves Financial Review

Former federal Labor leader Mark Latham has resigned as a columnist at The Australian Financial Review in a lead-up as controversial as some of his columns.

His resignation follows a number of derogatory tweets towards well-known Australian women from an account @RealMarkLatham. The account has been linked to Mr Latham by an investigation by Buzzfeed.

The women included Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and transgender defence force member Cate McGregor.

Reports that Mr Latham had been dismissed by the Financial Review were denied by editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury.

“Mark has been a provocative and highly readable columnist for the Financial Review. He has been both loved and hated by readers – sometimes by the same ones at different times,” Mr Stutchbury said.

“While I didn’t agree with everything Mark wrote, he has played a significant role in Australian public life and brought rare personal insight into his writing.”

Mr Latham had been a columnist on the Financial Review for eight years. He was leader of the federal Labor opposition from 2003 to 2005.

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