The leader of Wandsworth’s Labour group has come under fire from within his own party after he led a Jack the Ripper tour last weekend.

Jeanne Rathbone, a prominent member of the Battersea Labour Party, took umbrage with Rex Osborn, who is a qualified London Blue Badge Guide, leading a group of enthusiasts through east London on Sunday’s tour.

Ms Rathbone likened the tour to Page 3 and said she was disgusted by his involvement.

She said: “It is ironic the recent launch of a Wandsworth Women’s Forum focused on violence against women and misogyny and that this should be promoted by the Battersea Labour Party as a jolly fundraiser.

“This is another celebration of a misogynistic English institution which is ‘a bit of fun’ like page 3.”

Responding to the allegation Mr Osborn, who represents Tooting’s Graveney ward, said: “The story of Jack the Ripper is an important part of history that should not be forgotten.”