Labour MP Jared O'Mara suspended by Jeremy Corbyn

Jared O'Mara has lost the Labour Party whip

Jared O'Mara has lost the Labour Party whip

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Labour MP Jared O'Mara has been suspended from the party.

O'Mara, who was only elected in June, has faced a torrent of criticism after it emerged that he had made a series of unsavoury comments online in the early 2000s.

The comments ranged from calling gay people "fudge packers" to inviting the members of pop group Girls Aloud to an orgy.

A woman from Sheffield, Sophie Evans, also claims O'Mara called her an "ugly b***h" in a nighclub only weeks before he was elected. 

O'Mara has vehemently denied the claims made by Evans - who spoke to talkRADIO earlier today - but has accepted he made unpleasant comments online as a younger man and resigned from the Women and Equalities Committee.

Pressure had been growing on Jeremy Corbyn to suspend O'Mara, who sensationally unseated Nick Clegg as the MP for Sheffield Hallam at the snap election four months ago.

Corbyn had previously indicated O'Mara - one of his most vehement supporters - would not be suspended, leading critics to call the Labour leader "weak".

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