Vernon Coleman, agony columnist for The People since 1992, has resigned after the paper refused to print a piece voicing his thoughts on the Iraq war.
His last column for The People will appear at the end of June. He said his column had always contained his thoughts on political and moral issues. But when he wrote a piece which said that although he supported the troops, he still opposed the war on moral grounds, The People would not print it on the grounds that the whole paper was behind the war.
“I felt that was an infringement of freedom of speech,” he said. He had also taken exception to some of the title’s news stories.
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “Vernon has been a long-serving member of The People team and we would like to thank him for his work over the years.”