Labour Replacing Jared O’Mara With All-Women Shortlist Selection

The Labour Party has as of today begun the process of selecting a new candidate for Nick Clegg’s old seat of Sheffield Hallam, following former Women and Equalities Select Committee member Jared O’Mara’s resignation from the party in July. The final hustings is taking place on Saturday 15th December. The Lib Dems selected former aid worker Laura Gordon as their candidate for the seat a year ago…

Following O’Mara’s rampant sexist and homophobic comments, the Labour Party have decided to impose an all women shortlist on the seat. Do they think if they allowed their Sheffield Hallam members a free choice they’d end up with another O’Mara?

O’Mara, who despite not turning up for work for months and now sitting as an independent MP, has so far resisted calls to resign and force a by-election, although he did suggest that if he were a Conservative MP, he would have resigned. Are you a female member of the Labour Party? The deadline to apply to represent the seat is on Friday 2nd November…

Runners & Riders: Standards Committee Chair

Standards Committee Chair Sir Kevin Baron resigned yesterday citing his frustration with the lack of transparency in Parliamentary investigations. Thankfully there are a good number in Parliament who are experienced in the field of standards investigations. As ever, Guido brings you the most experienced runners and riders to take on this auspicious role…

  • Keith Vaz: On the two year anniversary of the formal investigation being opened into his conduct, who else has more experience of standards investigations? His litany of misadventures is like that of no other MP. Vaz seems to be the clearly most experienced for the post.
  • Jared O’Mara: Although new to parliament O’Mara has already made a big impact. A rising star who the Standards Committee will already know well.
  • Damian Green: Time on his hands now he’s out of the cabinet. Very driven. Hard worker.
  • Stephen Crabb: Gets on very well with potential staff. Too well.
  • Debbie Abrahams: Sacked from the front bench after bullying allegations. On the look out for a new job…
  • Dan Poulter: Experienced with disciplinary investigations. Plenty of hands on experience.
  • Ian Paisley Jr: Despite his 30 day parliamentary suspension beginning yesterday, he would be a perfect fit for the role. Once he returns to work.
  • John Bercow: Had promised to retire from his current job by now. Knows how to get away with all sorts of shenanigans. He acts like a shop steward already…
  • Clive ‘On Your Knees Bitch’ Lewis: Erudite, used to complaints, and out of favour with his party leadership after he and Owen Jones appeared to be manoeuvring to oust Corbyn last year. He has enough time on his hands…

Jared O’Mara Resigns Labour Whip Claiming Party Not Up to His Standards on Equality

Jared O’Mara has tonight resigned the Labour whip, complaining the disciplinary process that saw him reinstated to the party was unfair and boldly claiming that Labour does not share his commitment to equality. That’s the Jared O’Mara who called a woman an “ugly bitch”, sang about “smashing” women in the face, called the Spanish “dagos” and talked about “fudge packers” who “drive up the Marmite motorway”. Is he for real? 

Dear Constituents,

It is with great sadness that today I have decided to announce my departure from the Labour Party with immediate effect. This decision has not been taken lightly but has been made following careful reflection of the decision to re-admit me back into the Labour Party following my suspension last October. I feel I have not been listened to or been given a fair investigation as I do not believe they considered my supporting evidence or got in touch with my witnesses. Furthermore, I am of the opinion that the Labour Party no longer shares my commitment to the true definition of equality and compassion.

There is no doubt that I made mistakes as a young man using distasteful language as a clumsy attempt at satire and sarcasm online. But that does not mean that is who I am today. I am sure that there may be many of us who have done things in our past which we wished we had never done. That said, you can’t take it away and I am truly sorry for any offence that I caused.

I didn’t commit any crimes, yet I have been made unfairly to feel like a criminal. Nobody should be made to feel ashamed for mistakes they make when they are young. Someone from a youth charity recently said to me that “young people should be free to be anti-social”. I was not anti-social by definition but agree with the sentiment. It’s part of learning and growing up.

I believe I am the first autistic MP in our history, and this sadly got lost in the narrative of my interview with ITV earlier this week. I ask for everybody to go on the internet and read about autism, and about my other disabilities; clinical depression, cerebral palsy and anxiety. Then, with that reading and research, seek to exercise empathy over apathy and antipathy. All I’ve ever wanted to do in life is help those who suffer more than I do. I ask that you all share this ambition and concern with me.

I also ask my constituents for understanding and sympathy during this challenging time. I would be lying to those of you whom I represent, and those close to me like my parents and sister respectively, if I continued under the pretence that I feel there is a place of acceptance and empathy for me as a working class, underprivileged disabled man within the Labour Party. I have experienced little to make me feel welcome, understood and accepted during this last year.

Finally, I ask the media and general public to be patient with me. I am still the MP for Sheffield Hallam and I am still available to help my constituents with casework if you need my help. I might be leaving Labour but I am still at your side.

I am not perfect, but nor are any of us. And that isn’t a bad thing. We all need to love ourselves and forgive our mistakes, foibles and flaws. Let us all instead celebrate our good qualities and strengths. This is what life experiences to date has taught me and I must share that with you all.

Best wishes and with much love,

Jared O’Mara MP

A clearly bewildered Labour spokesman says:

“We’re disappointed Jared has decided to resign from Labour after we won the Sheffield Hallam seat from Nick Clegg and the LibDems last year. We wish him well for the future.”

Labour say they handled his investigation with care and sensitivity and treated his welfare as a priority throughout. Understatement – Labour very, very generously forgave him and this is how he has decided to repay them…

Labour Slipped Out Jared Statement on Day of Two Cabinet Resignations

No coincidence that Labour chose yesterday, the day of two Cabinet resignations and total Tory chaos, to slip out Jared O’Mara’s mea culpa for his online comments. Jared would probably not be getting away with this excuse on a less busy day:

“I grew up in an environment where lad culture and prejudicial language were normalised. I was in a bad place back then, and after being bullied and called many of those abusive slurs myself, I repeated them as a way of deflecting from my own low self-esteem…”

Labour spin operation getting better at this… will he actually say anything in Parliament now?

Labour Reinstate Jared

The Guardian reports Jared O’Mara’s case is finally being heard by Labour’s disputes panel today, and that they are likely to give him just a formal warning rather than recommend him for expulsion. His journey continues…

UPDATE: Jess Elgot with the scoop – she reports Jared WILL be reinstated. Does this mean we’ll finally get to hear his maiden speech?

UPDATE II: A Labour spokesman said: “The Disputes Panel has ruled on the balance of the evidence that a formal warning should be issued and a mandatory requirement to attend training.”

Jared Victim Vows: I Won’t Rest Until He Says Sorry

The woman who accused Labour’s Jared O’Mara of calling her an “ugly bitch” today vowed to challenge him at public events until he issues a personal apology to her. Sophie Evans went to Jared’s first unrestricted access event since the scandal erupted around his conduct. She went along to a public meeting at Sheffield library this week alongside other critics of the MP’s conduct. She told Guido:

“When Jared saw us I’ve never seen fear in a man’s eyes like that, he was like a rabbit caught in the headlights… he was trying to avoid eye contact. He suddenly announced he had to leave 15 minutes early… then he left. We talked to some really nice people from the Womens’ Equality Party… he’s clearly trying to avoid us… I want him to admit what happened and I want him to apologise, and be a real MP and stop running away… we aren’t going to let it go… we’ll be there if he does another public meeting, and we’ll get thrown out again, but we’ll be there.”

Labour’s investigation into Jared remains unresolved – and there’s no sign of progress. (UPDATE: He has today been reinstated). Victims taking the matter into their own hands…

Jared O’Mara Hosting Women’s Equality Cake & Coffee Party

Labour MP Jared O’Mara, who sang about “smashing” women “in the face”, called a constituent an “ugly bitch”, asked Girls Aloud for an “orgy”, said fat women don’t “deserve our respect”, talked about “taking your mum’s virginity” and “receiving fellatio” from Angelina Jolie, wrote about “sexy little slags” being “fingered” and told a woman “I’d lay on your rack any day”, is hosting a coffee and cake party celebrating female equality in his Sheffield Hallam constituency next month. He’s been on a journey…

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

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