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… 

Jared Told Woman: “I’ll Lay on Your Rack Any Day”

24 year-old Jared O’Mara fancied himself as a bit of a rock star player and used a forum on his band’s website to try his luck with imagined groupies. In messages to followers of his band Dirty Rotten Troubadours, O’Mara told one female user: “Don’t worry luv. I’ll lay on your rack any day (double entendre intended!)”. The conversation turned to what Jared looks for in a groupie…

O’Mara went on to boast that “pretty young girls want me”, continuing his obsession with teenagers.

He told his band’s followers that he only sleeps with “pretty” women who share his principled political positions: “any girl that would like to make whopee with me must be passionate about charity and the fight against social injustice”. He only sleeps with feminists? That may not be a successful strategy for him in future…

UPDATE: This is Jared’s old account on the Arctic Monkeys forum. Writing when he was 25 years old O’Mara described himself as a “Dirty perv who dreams of bumming birds”, posted “I just wanna get drunk and chase some skirt” and joins in with other users leering at photos of naked women. Another user asks him what age girls he prefers – he replies “legal“. This account is registered to his email address.

Yorkshire Post: O’Mara Has Betrayed Sheffield Voters and Should Resign

The Yorkshire Post is scathing about Jared O’Mara, accusing him of “betraying the faith of Sheffield voters” and arguing he should resign his seat if he cannot demonstrate he has changed:

“That Labour has taken the decision to suspend Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara for degrading sexual slurs speaks volumes in itself – the party has shown undue leniency under Jeremy Corbyn towards those whose intolerant and insensitive remarks cause grave offence…

Speed is also of the essence – many voters are of the view that Sheffield Hallam has not been well-served since June 8. They will need a lot of convincing about not only Mr O’Mara’s suitability to represent this area, but also his ability to carry out the privileged and vital role.

In short, Jared O’Mara needs to pass the very reasonable test that Theresa May set at Prime Minister’s Questions: “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 they deserve.” If he can’t, he will be doing himself, his party and his city a favour by resigning so the people of Sheffield Hallam can elect an honourable MP who is not only cut out for the job – but totally respectful of all sections of society.”

The answer to that question is clearly no…

Jared Victim: Labour An Embarrassment, He’s Not Fit to Be An MP

Strong words from Jared victim Sophie Evans on Sky News last night, who says “Jared O’Mara is embarrassing the Labour Party”, and “I do not think he is fit to be an MP. At all”. Meanwhile a second woman, 42 year-old Liz Aspden, has come forward to talk about a night at O’Mara’s club during which she was given a black eye. What do the people of Sheffield Hallam think about their MP?

May on Jared: MPs Must Show Women Respect

Theresa May responds to the Jared O’Mara scandal:

“All of us in the 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 they deserve.”

Remarkable it took Labour so long to deal with him.

Labour Suspend Whip From O’Mara

Labour has suspended the whip from Jared O’Mara following Guido’s revelations over the last few days.

This may not be enough for MPs who know Labour just let wrong ‘uns back in after three months in the cooler…

Jared on “Sexy Little Slags” and Teenage Girls Being “Fingered”

Jared O’Mara wrote about “sexy little slags” and “teenage girls” being “fingered”, Guido can reveal. In an early music review of the Arctic Monkeys posted in his name when he was in his mid-twenties, O’Mara described the band’s guitarist, writing that “teenage girls” will “take him home” to experience his “quick fingered dexterity”.

O’Mara went on to describe the gig, and how in his words “sexy little slags” danced to the band’s songs. The Arctic Monkeys have a lyric “sexy little swine” – it appears Jared adapted the words to fit his obsession with sexualising teenage girls. This was all written in the year that he was first selected as a Labour candidate, when he was in his mid-twenties, much older than the teenagers he publicly objectified, and old enough to know better than to call young women “slags“. Corbynistas are now joining centrists calling for Jared to go, will Jez finally act?

Jared on ‘Taking Your Mum’s Virginity’ and ‘Fellatio From Angelina Jolie’

Day three: Jared O’Mara is quoted as making another series of very lewd comments about women on online music message boards. Warning: the comments are not the sort of thing we would usually publish on a family blog. Talking about a band in his local Sheffield, his review described:

“a rhythm section that’s tighter than your mother was when I took her virginity all those years ago”

… and concluded that listening to the band in question was

“even better than receiving fellatio from the beautifully pert lips and wet mouth of Angelina Jolie”

Jared’s mindset is one that normalises the objectification of women in an extremely degrading away. The review was posted in O’Mara’s name in 2009 – 5 years after he first stood as a Labour candidate – on a Drowned in Sound message board, referencing his role at Know Your Onion Promotions. This was eight years ago when Jared was 28 years old. That ‘journey’ of his had quite a few stops along the way…

Powell and Nandy Call For O’Mara to Be Suspended

Pressure is now coming from within Labour to withdraw the whip. Lucy Powell told ITV’s After the News that O’Mara should be suspended while he is investigated.

And speaking at the Mile End Institute last night Lisa Nandy also called for him to go:

“We have quite clear rules in the Labour Party about discrimination and the process is very clear too, that people who have engaged in anti-Semitism or other forms of discriminatory behaviour are suspended while… their case is investigated. We have a very clear process in the Labour Party that in my view ought to be upheld… In this case, just as in previous cases, it’s absolutely clear: we suspend and we investigate and we make a decision.”

Wonder if he will still have the whip after Guido’s next revelations…

Jared: I’d Like to See a Respectful Parliament Without Personal Insults

This was Jared O’Mara speaking just two weeks ago about how he wants to see a parliament that is “respectful” and MPs who don’t resort to “personal insults and jibes“. Oops…

Video via Reyt Good Music

Labour Launches Jared Investigation

Labour spokesman:

“The Party is investigating Jared O’Mara MP in relation to comments and behaviour which have been reported from earlier this year.”

Whip not suspended…

Tories and LibDems Call on Labour to Suspend Whip From Jared

The Tories and LibDems are both calling on Labour to suspend the whip from sexism, homophobia and racism row Jared O’Mara. Justine Greening has written to Corbyn:

Dear Mr Corbyn,

I am writing to you regarding the actions of Labour MP Jared O’Mara, whose sexist and homophobic comments have been widely reported in the media today.

This morning a member of your Shadow Cabinet, Angela Rayner MP, defended Mr O’Mara, implying that he was a now reformed character given that he made some of these comments fifteen years ago.

However, it has since been alleged that Mr O’Mara made misogynistic comments to a young woman in a night club just seven months ago.

I agree with Labour MP Chris Leslie who has called for these latest allegations to be investigated.

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.

Will you be investigating the latest allegations made against Jared O’Mara MP? How is it that individuals who have made such remarks can be selected as Labour candidates? Will you be removing the whip from him while the investigation is carried out?

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

In less than a week, two of your MPs have been found to have made inappropriate comments.

LibDem leader Vince Cable adds:

“This is completely unacceptable behaviour, if he did make these remarks Labour needs to withdraw the whip from him immediately.

“People must have confidence that MPs will stand up against prejudice. As MPs we cannot let ourselves fall short of those standards, particularly in our dealings with the public.

“One thing is for sure, the Labour Party need to review their selection process for general election candidates.” 

Still no comment from Labour…

Jared: Spanish Are “Dagos”, Danes are “Pig Shaggers”

We’ve had the sexism, we’ve had the homophobia, now the Jared O’Mara story has turned into a race row. Guido has found him using a serious of racial epithets and slurs on an internet message board. Writing about a football match against Spain, O’Mara wrote: “Let’s beat the Dagos”. Then, speaking to a Danish user, he wrote: “I might be a ‘ginge’ but at least I don’t practice bestiality like all you Danes! Up yours with Brass nobs on, pig shagger!”.

This must be the “football and lad culture” Jared was talking about in his interview earlier. Sexism, homophobia and now racial slurs – still no action from Labour…

Jared Victim: I Have To Tell People What He’s Like

Jared O’Mara victim Sophie Evans has told the Daily Politics how the Sheffield Hallam MP called her an “ugly bitch” just seven months ago. She says she feels she has to tell people what he is like. This is not going away…

Dawn on Jared

Labour Shadow Women and Equalities minister Dawn Butler on Jared O’Mara:

“He probably still has further to go on his journey.”

Jared: If I Was a Tory I’d Resign

Jared O’Mara has given an interview to Corbynista website Huck where he suggests he would have to resign his seat if he was a Tory:

“In terms of resigning as an MP? I think there’s a place for me. I want to educate people and help people going through those prejudices grow out of them.

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