'Jared O'Mara can't be forced to resign by Labour and we must give him a chance', says journalist

'Jared O'Mara can't be forced to resign by Labour and we must give him a chance', says journalist

Jared O'Mara has been accused of making offensive comments

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Labour Party can't force Jared O'Mara to resign as he has to do it on his own - and he must be given a chance first.

That's according to journalist and Corbyn supporter Christian Wolmar, who was speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer as the row surrounding O'Mara's conduct rumbles on.

Labour has now suspended MP O'Mara and withdrawn the whip whilst it investigates alleged homophobic and misogynistic comments he made online between 2002 and 2004 as well as more recent incidents.

Wolmar, a Labour activist, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "At the end of the day it’s not in the Labour Party’s power to force Jared O’Mara to resign, he would have to do that on his own."

However he believes "if some of these allegations prove true he might never be able to regain the Labour whip."

Wolmar thinks "there’s an awful lot of us who’d be embarrassed about things that happened 15 years ago" and we have to distinguish between that and "things that have happened much more recently.

"In this day of social media things that might have happened 10 or 15 years ago in the old days would be forgotten about."

He claimed "we have to give the guy a chance" as "people do make mistakes [but] they learn, they progress" and "he probably wouldn't have stood as a Labour MP if he now believes some of the things he might have accused people of 10 or 15 years ago."

Wolmar also added that he doesn't know when the Labour Party first knew about the allegations and "I don’t think anybody in the press does" either. 

Listen to the full interview above

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