Theresa May condemns Jared O’Mara over sexist comments

25 Oct

Theresa May today condemned shamed MP Jared O’Mara over his sexist comments and said women must be ‘given the respect they deserve’.

Labour finally bowed to pressure and suspended the politician after yet more of his lewd comments emerged this morning.

In the latest unearthed posts, Mr O’Mara made sexual comments about ‘teenage girls’ and the Hollywood star Angelina Jolie online.

Asked about the comments during PMQs in the Commons today, Mrs May condemned the offensive remarks.

She said: ‘All of us in this House should have due care and attention to the way in which we refer to other people and should show women in public life the respect that they deserve.’ 

The Sheffield Hallam MP posted a slew of racist, sexist and homophobic comments online in posts spanning many years after he first stood for Labour in 2004. 

Jared O'Mara said he should not have to resign over his past comments because as a member of Labour, he can help others to rid themselves of prejudice as he has done. If he were a Tory the circumstances would be different, he said

Jared O'Mara said he should not have to resign over his past comments because as a member of Labour, he can help others to rid themselves of prejudice as he has done. If he were a Tory the circumstances would be different, he said

Jared O’Mara said he should not have to resign over his past comments because as a member of Labour, he can help others to rid themselves of prejudice as he has done. If he were a Tory the circumstances would be different, he said

Theresa May, pictured in the House of Commons during PMQs today, said women should be given respect as she condemned Mr O'Mara's sexist comments 

Theresa May, pictured in the House of Commons during PMQs today, said women should be given respect as she condemned Mr O'Mara's sexist comments 

Theresa May, pictured in the House of Commons during PMQs today, said women should be given respect as she condemned Mr O’Mara’s sexist comments 

And bowing to pressure, John McDonnell today announced the MP is being suspended saying: ‘The decision has been made to suspend Jared O’Mara.

‘There will be a full investigation by the Labour Party and as a result of that, a final decision will be made.’ 

The Guido Fawkes website, which over the past 48 hours has dripped out the string of offensive remarks made by Mr O’Mara online, ran fresh revelations this morning.

In an online Arctic Monkeys review posted in 2004 he wrote about ‘sexy little s*gs’ and teenage girls carrying out sex acts. The same year he was selected as a Labour council candidate.

And in 2009, when he was in his late 20s, he  wrote in another post about Angelina Jolie performing a sex act. 

Mr O’Mara quit the women and equalities commission after the first wave of lurid posts emerged, and blamed them on being young and misguided and saying he had ‘been in a journey’.

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.’   

But the posts span seven years – from 2002 to 2009 – while yesterday a female bar worker from Sheffield came forward to say he called her a ‘ugly b****’ in March his year – just months before he was elected an MP.

Mims Davies, Tory MP and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament, said: ‘Totally right that the whip has been suspended from Jared O’Mara for his vile homophobic and sexist comments – but why on earth has it taken so long?

‘Jeremy Corbyn has for too long turned a blind eye to this kind of behaviour in the Labour Party.

‘Unless you call it out, you’re part of the problem.’ 

Labour MP Lucy Powell last night said she suspected Mr O’Mara has misled Labour when he signed a disclaimer after being selected saying there was nothing in his past that could bring the party into disrepute.

She said this was grounds for a suspension from Labour while an investigation is carried out.

Ms Powell told ITV’s After The News programme: ‘One of the key questions you are asked when you become a candidate for the Labour Party – and you have to sign a contract to say this – is there anything in your past that would bring the party into disrepute?

‘And I don’t understand how in all honesty Jared could have signed that paper.’

She added: ‘That’s why I think he should be suspended while that investigation is taking place.’

Mr O’Mara attempted a bizarre defence of his conduct, saying that he did not believe he should resign – though if he were a Tory, the circumstances would be different.

On Monday night, Mr O’Mara stood down from the women and equalities select committee after it emerged that he had made a series of sexist and homophobic online comments in 2002 and 2004.

The remarks included him saying he wanted to have an orgy with members of pop band Girls Aloud, making crude comments about gay people and insulting fat people. 

Lucy Powell (pictured last night on ITV's After the News) said she suspected Mr O'Mara has misled Labour when completed a candidate disclaimer saying there was nothing in his past that could bring the party into disrepute

Lucy Powell (pictured last night on ITV's After the News) said she suspected Mr O'Mara has misled Labour when completed a candidate disclaimer saying there was nothing in his past that could bring the party into disrepute

Lucy Powell (pictured last night on ITV’s After the News) said she suspected Mr O’Mara has misled Labour when completed a candidate disclaimer saying there was nothing in his past that could bring the party into disrepute

Several allegedly racist comments from that time have also emerged.

Mr O’Mara, 36, who defeated Nick Clegg to win his seat at the general election in June, said he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of the comments and had been on a ‘journey of education’ since his early 20s. 

But yesterday a bar worker claimed Mr O’Mara called her an ‘ugly b***’ after they went on a date in March – just months before he was elected to Parliament. 

Sophie Evans told the BBC’s Daily Politics show that she had met him through a dating app but things did not work out.

She said: ‘He’s never apologised to me or my friends that were involved in the situation, he’s called us liars, he’s called us liars in the press, he’s been on radio, you know called us liars, so I just find it very, very hard to believe that he has changed.’

She added: ‘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?’ 

Mr O’Mara denied the allegations yesterday. It was also claimed in The Sun that he complained to colleagues about working on Fridays because he is ‘always really hungover on Fridays’.

When asked if he should resign, Mr O’Mara told the Labour-supporting Huck Magazine: ‘I think there’s a place for me.’

But he claimed it would be different if he were a Tory MP as ‘the very culture of Conservatism’ did not foster equality.

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

‘The culture I grew up in was… lad culture and football and all that. I got swept up with it and it warped my mindset. It turned me into a bitter and spiteful person, if I’m being honest.’

In a letter to Labour leader yesterday, women’s minister Justine Greening had also called for the whip to be withdrawn from Mr O’Mara.

She 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. 

‘These comments show the deep and persistent stain on Labour’s ability to represent women, the LGBT community and wider society.

‘It is time you step forward, as leader of the Labour Party, and send a message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.’    

It is the second sexism row to hit the Labour Party in a week. MP Clive Lewis apologised after a video emerged of him telling a man to get ‘on your knees b****’. 

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