Labour MP Jared O’Mara hit by fresh sexism claims

25 Oct

The Labour Party today finally bowed to pressure and launched an investigation into shamed MP Jared O’Mara for sexist, racist and homophobic comments he made.

Jeremy Corbyn faced growing calls to act after a slew of offensive messages written by the politician emerged over the past 24 hours.

Mr O’Mara quit from the women and equalities committee and issued a grovelling apology insisting he is a changed man.

But hours later he was hit by fresh scandal when bar worker Sophie Evans claimed he called her an ‘ugly b****’ after they met up for a date in March – just months before he was elected.

Equalities minister Justine Greening had written to the Labour leader to urge him to take urgent action after the fresh claims emerged. 

Labour said it has launched a probe into Mr O’Mara’s ‘comments and behaviour’ but said he would not have the whip withdrawn – so he is not being booted out the party while the investigation is undertaken.

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

Ms Evans revealed that Mr O’Mara allegedly hurled abuse at her and her friends after they met on a dating app.

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).’

The bar worker, who lives in the MP’s constituency of Sheffield, added: ‘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.

‘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?’ 

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

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.’   

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

The fresh claims sparked renewed calls for Labour to formally investigate him.

In a letter to the Labour leader today, Ms Greening wrote: ‘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.’

The fresh allegations emerged after a string of offensive comments he made in blog posts made online emerged.

In one he 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. 

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. 

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

‘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.

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’.

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

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.’ 

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.’ 

 

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