Labour Cold Case Unit: Four Never-Ending Investigations

Back in December Guido asked what progress Labour had made on their internal investigations into MPs accused of various forms of wrongdoing. At the time probes had been launched into Jared O’Mara, Keith Vaz, Kelvin Hopkins and Ivan Lewis. No progress has been made in five months. The O’Mara investigation has now been delayed again, and there has been no update on the other three. The supposed Vaz investigation has been ongoing for a year and a half. Ava Etemadzadeh, the woman who accused Hopkins of harassment, says she has no idea when her case will be heard. There is still no date set for the Lewis hearing, yet he is back in parliament and voting with Labour without taking the whip. A fifth MP, whose identity Guido knows but is not revealing to protect his alleged victim, is accused of wife-beating. He has not even been suspended. These investigations are a sham – Labour clearly has no intention of properly holding their MPs to account. Guido wouldn’t be surprised if Blairite Lewis gets thrown under a bus and the rest get away with it…

Labour Delays Jared O’Mara Probe

Labour’s investigation into Jared O’Mara has been delayed by the resignation of their governance director John Stolliday, according to reports. Jared has been filing written questions and voting in accordance with the Labour whip but still hasn’t ever spoken in the chamber. The constituents of Sheffield Hallam effectively unrepresented… 

LibDems Fundraising For Sheffield Hallam By-Election

Latest on Jared O’Mara: the LibDems are using “rumblings” of a “highly likely” by-election in Sheffield Hallam to raise £20,000 for their candidate there:

“In January, the party launched a by-election fund, spurred by rumblings about a Sheffield Hallam by-election. That by-election is still highly likely – and we need your help. We’re just £20,000 short of our goal. I’ve been to Sheffield to help our fantastic candidate, Laura Gordon. Let me tell you, she will make a fantastic MP – and be a worthy successor to Nick Clegg. Let me also tell you, if this by-election happens, we’re in with a real chance. The reception on the doors was absolutely brilliant and the team there, with support from HQ is ready to go.”

Members of O’Mara’s local Labour Party had been calling for him to stand down in time to hold a by-election on the same day as the May elections. To be fair to Jared he has actually managed to turn up for a handful of votes in the last few weeks. Still hasn’t managed his maiden speech though…

Jared Makes Mocha-ry of Taxpayers With Personal Coffee Machine on Expenses

Taxpayers have bean mugged off by chronically absent Labour MP Jared O’Mara once again: Guido can report he took the unusual step of putting a personal coffee machine on expenses. One of O’Mara’s first actions as an MP was to buy the drinks machine for £72.50. Jared then went to ground for four months, so his machine didn’t get a latte use…

MPs can pay for their own tea and coffee by visiting one of parliament’s many cafes or restaurants – though these are also subsidised. Some put hot drinks on the taxpayer but usually order bulk tea and coffee from stationery suppliers at discounted rates. Not Jared though, who went for the posh option instead. Leaves a bitter taste… 

Jared Tips His Uber Driver £1… Then Claims It On Expenses

Stingy Jared O’Mara tipped his Uber driver just £1 – and then claimed it on expenses. A look through the absent Sheffield Hallam MP’s latest expenses records shows that last year, back when he was still turning up to work, Jared spent nearly £900 of taxpayers’ money on Uber journeys in just a couple of months. One driver back in August clearly deserved five stars because Jared deemed him worthy of a generous £1 tip. Which he swiftly then claimed back on expenses. 

Using Uber is probably a worse crime than his internet postings in the eyes of the Corbynista-controlled Labour disputes panel…

Jared’s Local Labour Members Want Sheffield By-Election on May 3

Members of Jared O’Mara’s Constituency Labour Party are calling for him to stand down in time for the by-election to take place on the same day as the local elections in Sheffield – their best hope of keeping the seat. The suggestion is that if the by-election is held on May 3, when a third of the seats on Sheffield council are also up for election, the Labour candidate will have a better chance of winning than if it were held as the sole vote at another time. They also don’t want O’Mara to stay for the next four years as they fear voters will think Labour have taken them for a ride for the whole parliament and the new candidate will not have a hope. Jared’s majority is just 2,125, could May 3 be Labour’s best chance at holding the seat?

Tracy Brabin’s Tough Stance on Misogyny and Homophobia

Two weeks ago: Labour MP Tracy Brabin demands Toby Young is sacked for “misogyny and homophobia”.

Yesterday: Brabin gives actual misogynist homophobe Jared O’Mara a big hug and welcomes him back into the fold:

Comical double standards.

Local Labour Members Demand End to Jared Investigation So He Can Be Deselected

Members of Jared O’Mara’s Constituency Labour Party in Sheffield Hallam are demanding answers from the never-ending ‘investigation’ into his homophobic and misogynistic posts – with some calling for him to be deselected. Labour launched their probe into O’Mara four months ago, then paused it while he was off sick. Labour members in Sheffield Hallam are livid about the lack of progress, complaining on their private Facebook group that they have been kept out of the loop. They now want the party to report back immediately.

A second asks “why on earth this is taking so long“:

Some members have been arguing for him to go. One says:

“Jared should never have been selected to stand as an MP, and it’s only due to the National Executive choosing candidates quickly that Jared was chosen. Nevertheless, on application forms potential MPs are required to disclose any information from their past that could be used to embarrass them in the future: by not revealing his behaviour Jared was either deceitful or else he genuinely believes there’s nothing wrong with the way he behaves, which is possibly even worse.”

Things are getting so heated that members have been banned from slagging off O’Mara on the group because “opinion can easily leak out and be used by our opponents”:

Now the Corbynistas control the Labour Party disputes panel, think we can guess how the investigation is going to go…

Jared Victim: He Shouldn’t Be Back in Westminster

The woman who Jared O’Mara called an “ugly b*tch” says he shouldn’t be back in Parliament and wants him out of Westminster for good. Guido broke news of Jared’s return to Sophie Evans, who was upset by the disgraced MP’s misogynistic slurs against her in a Sheffield nightclub. Sophie said:

“I’m sorry to hear he has been ill. I stand by what I said, Jared is not fit to be an MP and he shouldn’t be back in Westminster. Obviously, before he went off sick, there was also a period when he wasn’t doing anything for his constituents. He’s back voting – but he wasn’t doing much before. I stand by what has been said of Jared: that he is an oaf.”

Jared was spotted in the House yesterday voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill. He was embraced by fellow Labour MP Tracy Brabin and was still wearing his Labour Party lanyard despite being suspended. Labour might be happy to have Jared back, but his victims are outraged…

Back to Work: “Sick” Jared Makes Miraculous Recovery as Media Pressure Mounts

Good news! Jared O’Mara has briefed the Mirror that he is feeling much better after his four months off and will be making a “phased return” to work. The timing of his miraculous recovery is surely just a coincidence and definitely, absolutely nothing to do with the Yorkshire Post turning on him yesterday. Guido is glad to hear Jared is fighting fit – this means Labour’s paused investigation into his conduct can resume and report back swiftly. Right?

Jared’s Staff on Speechwriting Course Despite Absent MP Never Speaking in Commons

Disgraced Jared O’Mara’s office staff have been on a taxpayer-funded speech-writing course despite their chronically absent MP never having spoken in parliament. O’Mara’s researchers are loading-up on free courses available to parliamentary staff while their boss continues to lie low – he has been off sick for four months. The Sheffield Hallam MP employs two researchers at Westminster whose training costs are met by the taxpayer. Both of Jared’s London staff recently attended a day-long speech-writing course from 10AM to 5PM despite their boss never having said as much as a single word in the House or in committee. O’Mara didn’t even deliver a maiden speech. Guess they must pumping-up the CV in the search for a new boss…

O’Mara Has Not Helped a Single Constituent in Months

You get the feeling something has got to give with Jared O’Mara. A damning editorial in the Yorkshire Post this morning dubs him “Yorkshire’s missing MP”, bemoaning the watered down Recall Act’s inability to let his constituents get rid of him. The paper went down to his office to try to find him – obviously he wasn’t there, but even more revealingly his office manager admitted O’Mara hasn’t helped any of his constituents since he’s been off work – the last four months.

“In December, O’Mara’s office said he would not be attending Parliament on medical advice but added that he was continuing to work “very hard” for constituents in Sheffield. But after The Yorkshire Post visited his constituency office on Friday, the day he previously held constituency surgeries, O’Mara was not there. His office manager Maggie Flude said he did come to the office but would not reveal how regularly he comes to work or when the last time he turned up was and couldn’t give a single example of him helping a constituent.”

If O’Mara is too stressed to turn up, why are his office claiming he is working “very hard” for his constituents? If he is working “very hard”, why are they unable to give a single example of a constituent he has helped? The reality is O’Mara is trousering his £75,000 MP’s salary for as long as he can before his inevitable departure from politics – and doing no work for it. Labour don’t want to act in the interest of his constituents and tell him to go in case they lose the seat in a by-election. Until he quits, for all purposes the people of Sheffield Hallam do not have an MP…

Piers on Labour’s Twitter Mob Hypocrisy

Read the stories on Jared O’Mara and Angela Rayner, both broken by Guido. Piers another happy reader…

Debbie Abrahams Speechless at McDonnell’s Violent Misogyny

Shadow Cabinet minister Debbie Abrahams lost for words as Andrew Neil reads out John McDonnell’s record of violent language about women. Labour’s hypocrisy exposed…

Jared Still Not Back at Work

It 10 January, recess is over, parliament is sitting and most people in Westminster have been back at work for a week at least. Not Jared O’Mara, who is still off sick. He hasn’t been seen in Westminster since October, this is now the fourth month the people of Sheffield Hallam have had no representation in parliament. His office would not tell Guido when or if he plans on coming back to work. It is a bonkers situation where an MP who is clearly unfit for office – in all senses of the word – can just disappear and avoid the consequences of his actions. How long can this go on without a by-election?

Where Are Ya O’Mara?

Time for a by-election?

Where Are the Dirty Dozen’s Promised Reports, Investigations and Decisions?

The Brexit noise is helpfully letting both the government and the Labour Party sit on the promised reports, investigations and decisions which followed the recent string of Westminster scandals. Here’s Guido’s run-down of the unfinished business from the past few weeks (and earlier)…

Jared O’Mara: Jared hasn’t been seen in Westminster since the scandal around him erupted in October and he hasn’t voted in the months since. He – or more likely, his whip – is submitting a number of very general written questions and signing the odd EDM to give the impression things are still ticking over. Jared is still under investigation after losing the Labour whip. He’s been off for weeks…

Keith Vaz: An investigation into Vaz by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner is somehow still ongoing after a complaint was made about his rent boys and coke binge in September 2016 (Kathryn Hudson better hurry-up, she’s due to step-down by the end of this year). Vaz hasn’t voted since 18 October, though he did speak in the House last week. He is currently rumoured to be on a trip to the Middle East…

Damian Green: Westminster was on tenterhooks awaiting the release of Sue Gray’s report last week, but it didn’t materialise. It was rumoured to be on the agenda again yesterday but failed to appear. Putting off the inevitable seems to be distracting Damian from his job liaising with the DUP…

Mark Garnier: Remains under Cabinet Office investigation after the Mail on Sunday reported allegations in October that he sent an aide to buy sex toys and called her “sugar tits“. What on earth are they doing, interrogating the sex shop owner?

Kelvin Hopkins: Former Shadow Culture Secretary Kelvin Hopkins lost the Labour whip in November. The party is still investigating a complaint that Hopkins sent inappropriate text messages and made inappropriate physical contact at a student event in 2014. He is voting in line with Labour but hasn’t spoken since 25 October. No update from Labour…

Ivan LewisLabour is still investigating a complaint against Lewis, who denied allegations of sexual harassment after a woman said he touched her leg and invited her to his house when she was 19. He hasn’t voted since 31 October or spoken in the chamber since 25 October. No update…

Dan Poulter: MPs say they haven’t seen Dr Dan around Westminster since the Sunday Times reported allegations against him on 5 November. His office told the BBC he’s “on sick leave”. He last voted on 31 October and hasn’t spoken in the chamber since 11 July. The new Conservative Party disciplinary committee is yet to report its findings… 

Charlie Elphicke: Elphicke’s friends say is still unaware of what allegations have been made against him. He was told in November that allegations had been passed to the police, but there has been no news of any action. In the meantime, Elphicke is still without the whip. The chairman of his association recently backed him…

Stephen CrabbThe former Welsh Secretary is still under investigation by the Conservative Party for allegedly sexting a 19-year-old who applied for a job in his office in 2013. No update…

Chris Pincher: He resigned as a government whip after allegations in the Mail on Sunday that he had un-tucked the shirt of a male Tory. Pincher referred himself to the police. No news as to the outcome…

Daniel KawczynskiReferred to the Tories new disciplinary committee in November following allegations that he pressured a young researcher to go on a date with a businessman ‘older than her father’. Nothing heard yet…

Jack LoprestiA former staff member complained about Lopresti’s behaviour and a probe was launched last week. The complaint came via the Tories’ new code of conduct hotline…

What do Sue Gray, Kathryn Hudson and the Tory and Labour party internal inquiries get up to all day?

Gwynne: No Place For O’Mara in Modern Democracy

Top Shadow Cabinet member Andrew Gwynne tells Niall Paterson: “Nobody holding those views has a place in modern democracy”. Looks like O’Mara is toast…

Labour Fibbing About When They Knew Jared Allegations

On Thursday night Shami Chakrabarti told Question Time Labour dealt with Jared O’Mara as soon as they became aware of the allegations last week. Diane Abbott repeated this line on Marr this morning. It isn’t true. Guido first published the O’Mara sexism stories in June, the other allegations were put to Labour last month. They knew for weeks and didn’t do anything. Labour keep saying they have a zero tolerance policy – they don’t, every party tolerates it…

Sheffield Hallam Labour to Discuss O’Mara Tonight

Sheffield Hallam Constituency Labour Party will tonight discuss the future of their disgraced MP Jared O’Mara. A Labour member told BBC Radio Sheffield that local supporters and activists had been instructed not to speak to the media:

“I don’t want to give my name… because Jared O’Mara is pending an investigation and he’s had the whip suspended he can’t attend the meeting… when I read the email it’s saying it’s possible that the meeting will attract media attention, and if this is the case please do not speak to or react to anyone who approaches you when you arrive or afterwards… I’m wondering why they’re saying that, that’s like a diktat… I’m not sure that’s right…”

Local Labour figures already have their eyes on Jared’s seat… […] Read the rest

+ READ MORE +



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

Amber Rudd:

“The Home Office is a great department of state.”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.
Why Brexiteers Are Worried Why Brexiteers Are Worried
Two More Labour Candidates Posted About “Illegal Sexuality” and “Jewish Money” Two More Labour Candidates Posted About “Illegal Sexuality” and “Jewish Money”
Labour Spent £2 Million on Private Mailshots Labour Spent £2 Million on Private Mailshots
May Told to Ditch Customs Partnership “Turkey” May Told to Ditch Customs Partnership “Turkey”
Ministers Warn May: We Must Leave Customs Union Ministers Warn May: We Must Leave Customs Union
Adam Spliff Institute Celebrates 420 Adam Spliff Institute Celebrates 420
Nick Timothy Leaves Twitter Nick Timothy Leaves Twitter
Owen’s Descent Continues Owen’s Descent Continues
Producer of Labour’s Race Row Election Broadcast Tweeted About “Jewish Kapos” Producer of Labour’s Race Row Election Broadcast Tweeted About “Jewish Kapos”
UK Tech Investment Surges 115% UK Tech Investment Surges 115%
Corbyn Forgets Israel Independence Day Corbyn Forgets Israel Independence Day
Thornberry: I Don’t Accept Russia Blocked OPCW Inspectors Thornberry: I Don’t Accept Russia Blocked OPCW Inspectors
Convicted Charity Thief Canvassing for Labour Convicted Charity Thief Canvassing for Labour
Anti-Brexit Bias of Former Top Civil Servants Anti-Brexit Bias of Former Top Civil Servants
Labour Candidate Deletes Website and Twitter Account Amid Anti-Semitism Row Labour Candidate Deletes Website and Twitter Account Amid Anti-Semitism Row
Bully Bercow’s “Medicament” Slurs Bully Bercow’s “Medicament” Slurs
Government Loses Lords Customs Union Vote Government Loses Lords Customs Union Vote
Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch: Mission Accomplished Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch: Mission Accomplished
Labour Candidate’s Think Tank Defended Ken and Jackie Walker Labour Candidate’s Think Tank Defended Ken and Jackie Walker
May: Labour Took Decision on Windrush Landing Cards May: Labour Took Decision on Windrush Landing Cards