Labour MP Jared O’Mara hit by fresh sexism claims

24 Oct

Shamed Labour MP Jared O’Mara was today accused of calling a woman he met on a dating app an ‘ugly b****’ just seven months ago.

The politician quit from the women and equalities committee and issued a grovelling apology after sexist and homophobic slurs he posted online were exposed.

He insisted he is a changed man since he posted the comments nearly 15 years ago and deserved a second chance.

But in a fresh scandal, Sophie Evans, a bar worker from Sheffield, claimed he hurled sexist abuse at her after they met up for a date in March – just months before he was elected.

She told the BBC’s Daily Politics: ‘I just thought he is not a very nice man….I just thought someone like that couldn’t be that involved (in politics).’ 

While in freshly unearthed historic messages, Mr O’Mara allegedly used racist language to describe Spanish people.

Labour’s shadow women and equalities secretary Dawn Butler said the latest claim constitutes ‘unacceptable language’ and should be investigated by the party.

A spokesman for Mr O’Mara’s office said he ‘categorically denies’ the allegation.

The Tories upped the pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to intervene today. Education Secretary Justine Greening wrote to the Labour leader demanding the MP be suspended from Labour until an investigation into him is finished.  

Labour MP Jared O'Mara posted a mock advice column online asking Girls Aloud to have an orgy with him (file pic)

Labour MP Jared O'Mara posted a mock advice column online asking Girls Aloud to have an orgy with him (file pic)

Labour MP Jared O’Mara posted a mock advice column online asking Girls Aloud to have an orgy with him (file pic)

Sheffield bar worker Sophie Evans (pictured today on the BBC's Daily Politics) said the Labour MP - who was elected on June 8 - hurled abuse at her after they went on a date

Sheffield bar worker Sophie Evans (pictured today on the BBC's Daily Politics) said the Labour MP - who was elected on June 8 - hurled abuse at her after they went on a date

Sheffield bar worker Sophie Evans (pictured today on the BBC’s Daily Politics) said the Labour MP – who was elected on June 8 – hurled abuse at her after they went on a date

The MP asked Girls Aloud to have an orgy with him, attacked ‘fatties’ and said it would be funny if Jamie Cullum was ‘sodomised with his own piano’ in posts exposed yesterday.

Mr O’Mara, MP for Sheffield Hallam, tried to pin the blame for his sexist online remarks on the bullying he received when a child.

She told BBC 2’s Daily Politics: ‘He has never apologised to me or my friends who were involved in the situation – he called us liars.. I just find it very very hard to believe he is changed man.

JARED O’MARA’S OFFENSIVE POSTS

Racist posts: 

‘Pady power!!! Let’s beat the Dagos.’

‘I might be a ‘ginge’ but at least I don’t practice bestiality like you Danes! Up yours with brass nobs on, pig s****er!’

Sexist posts:  

‘Girls Aloud – I advise you to sack Sarah and the remaining four members (Nicola, Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley) come have an orgy with me.’ 

On Pop Idol’s 2003 victor Michelle McManus: ‘She only won because she was fat’.

In March 2017 he allegedly called bar worker Sophie Evans an ‘ugly b****’ after they went on a date together. 

He denies this comment.

Rape slur: 

On the pop star Jamie Cullum: ‘It would be no great loss to the music world if he was sodomised with his own piano and subsequently died of a sore arse.

‘In fact, it would be quite funny.’   

‘I think he thinks how could we possibly affect his political career when we are just bar workers in a back street pub, how could we possibly have an impact on him?’ 

And he suggested that if a Tory MP had made the same comments they would have had to quit Parliament over them. 

He told Huck Magazine: ‘In terms of resigning as an MP? I think there’s a place for me.

‘I want to educate people and help people going through those prejudices grow out of them. I’ve gone on that journey and feel I can help.

‘If a Conservative MP had made similar comments I’d say it depends on what journey they had been on since. 

‘If they’d honestly changed and believes in equality and egalitarianism then absolutely [they have a place in Parliament], but the very culture of Conservatism doesn’t foster that equality.’ 

And he sought to blame the abuse he threw at others online on the ‘lad culture’ at his school.

He said: ‘It was a prevailing culture in school, with the people I was hanging out with at the football at that time in my early twenties. 

‘There was lots of bullying – the number of times I had the crap beaten out of me? It’s untrue.’ 

He added: ‘I saw it as an attack, as a slur, and I transferred that erroneously onto people who didn’t deserve it. Weak people like bullies try and hurt other people to feel better about themselves. 

‘That’s obviously the mindset I was in.’

Last night Mr O’Mara addressed a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party and said he was ‘deeply ashamed’ for the comments he made between 2002 and 2004.

Mr O'Mara posted the comment as he took part in a mock 'advice column' discussion board online

Mr O'Mara posted the comment as he took part in a mock 'advice column' discussion board online

Mr O’Mara posted the comment as he took part in a mock ‘advice column’ discussion board online

He had invited the pop group to have sex with him in an online mock advice column post written at the height of their fame. 

Mr O’Mara also claimed Michelle McManus only won Pop Idol ‘because she was fat’ and said it would be funny if Jamie Cullum was ‘sodomised with his own piano’. 

His office said that he had also stood down from his position on the Women and Equalities Committee, informing MPs of his decision at the weekly meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

‘He has decided to stand down. He has made that decision,’ a spokesman for the MP said.

Education Secretary Justine Greening wrote to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) demanding the MP be suspended from Labour until an investigation into him is finished

Education Secretary Justine Greening wrote to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) demanding the MP be suspended from Labour until an investigation into him is finished

Education Secretary Justine Greening wrote to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) demanding the MP be suspended from Labour until an investigation into him is finished

Sheffield Hallam MP Mr O’Mara, who ousted former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in the June election, said: ‘I am deeply ashamed of the comments I made online, which have emerged today.

‘I was wrong to make them, I understand why they are offensive and sincerely apologise for my use of such unacceptable language.

‘I made the comments as a young man, at a particularly difficult time in my life, but that is no excuse. Misogyny is a deep problem in our society. 

‘Since making those comments 15 years ago, I have learned about inequalities of power and how violent language perpetuates them.

‘I continue to strive to be a better man and work where I can to confront misogyny, which is why I’m so proud to sit on the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

‘I will continue to engage with, and crucially learn from, feminist and other equalities groups so as an MP I can do whatever I can to tackle misogyny.’ 

In a comment posted on the Drowned in Sound music website in 2004, Mr O’Mara said: ‘Girls Aloud – I advise you to sack Sarah and the remaining four members (Nicola, Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley) come have an orgy with me.’

In March 2004 on the same forum, he suggested Pop Idol’s 2003 victor McManus ‘only won because she was fat’.

Mr O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy, added: ‘Being a disabled person, I would hate to win something because people thought I was ‘brave’ or felt sorry for me, rather than for my superior ability/talent.’

In the same post, he said of Cullum: ‘It would be no great loss to the music world if he was sodomised with his own piano and subsequently died of a sore arse.

‘In fact, it would be quite funny.’

In her letter to Mr Corbyn, Ms Greening threw doubt on Mr O’Mara’s claims he was a ‘reformed character’.

She said: ‘Violent, sexist and homophobic language must have no place in our society, and parliamentarians of all parties have a duty to stamp out this sort of behaviour wherever we encounter it, and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.

Labour MP Clive Lewis apologised 'unreservedly' for telling an activist to 'get on your knees b****' at a Labour conference event

Labour MP Clive Lewis apologised 'unreservedly' for telling an activist to 'get on your knees b****' at a Labour conference event

Labour MP Clive Lewis apologised ‘unreservedly’ for telling an activist to ‘get on your knees b****’ at a Labour conference event

‘Will you be investigating the latest allegations made against Jared O’Mara MP? How is it that individuals who have made such remarks can be selected as Labour candidates?

‘Will you be removing the whip from him while the investigation is carried out?’ 

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable echoed the call for a probe this afternoon.

He said: ‘This is completely unacceptable behaviour. If he did make these remarks Labour needs to withdraw the whip from him immediately.

‘People must have confidence that MPs will stand up against prejudice. As MPs we cannot let ourselves fall short of those standards, particularly in our dealings with the public.’ 

Liberal Democrat peer and former leader of Sheffield Council Lord Scriven said: ‘It seems like a nasty pattern of sexist language and misogyny is developing from the Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam.’  

Labour sources said there are no plans to disciplinary action against Mr O’Mara.

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