Labour MP Jared O’Mara hit by fresh sexism claims

24 Oct

A Labour MP shamed after making homophobic and rape slurs online has suggested a Tory should have quit Parliament over if they had made the comments.

Jared O’Mara 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.

He quit from the women and equalities committee and issued a grovelling apologies to Labour MPs saying  views have changed since he posted the remarks years ago.

But in fresh allegations which have surfaced today, Sophie Evans, a bar worker from Sheffield, claims he called her an ‘ugly b****’ this year.

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 allegations came as Mr O’Mara tried to pin the blame for his sexist online remarks on the bullying he received when a child.

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)

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

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.

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.

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

‘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.’

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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