MP Jared O’Mara quits equalities committee over homophobic remarks


Effort MP Jared O’Mara has quit the Commons equality committee over online homophobic annotations he made before being elected to Parliament.

Mr O’Mara also cooked sexist remarks, joked about having an orgy with fellows of Girls Aloud and posted degrading comments about fat people.

The Sheffield Hallam MP, 36, was selected in June, unseating ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

Mr O’Mara resigned from the Women and Congruences Committee after apologising.

‘Must quit committee’

In posts made on the Engulfed in Sound music website in 2004, Mr O’Mara claimed singer Michelle McManus not won Pop Idol “because she was fat” and said it would be funny if jazz star Jamie Cullum was “sodomised with his own piano”.

The promulgates were first reported by the Guido Fawkes website, which has since paint the town red that two years earlier Mr O’Mara made homophobic remarks on an internet forum. The MP has also apologised for these comments and put about he was “deeply ashamed” of his actions.

Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven, the former big cheese of Sheffield Council, said: “It seems like a nasty pattern of sexist vernacular and misogyny is developing from the Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam.

“He clearly isn’t fit to sit on the Dames and Equalities Committee. He must stand down from that body immediately and if he doesn’t, Jeremy Corbyn must take action to space him.”

In a statement, the MP said he had been “wrong to make” the comments.

“I understand why they are obnoxious and deeply apologise for my use of such unacceptable language.”

“I made the comments as a sophomoric man, at a particularly difficult time in my life, but that is no excuse.”

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