Jared O'Mara

O’Mara – who was only resinstated to the party after an eight-month suspension last month – said Labour’s investigation into his conduct was unfair.

Jared O’Mara, the MP for Sheffield Hallam, has quit the Labour Party a week after his eight-month suspension for homophobic and sexist social media posts made in his twenties as well as accusations he called a constituent an “ugly bitch” was lifted, accusing his former party of treating him “like a criminal”.

In an open letter to his constituents, O’Mara said Labour’s investigation into his conduct had been unfair, and accused the party of making him feel unwelcome. It comes just days after the party chose to readmit him and refer him for mandatory diversity training rather than refer his case to a quasi-judicial investigation by its National Constitutional Committee, which could have resulted in his eventual expulsion.

He wrote:

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 …read more

Source:: New Statesman


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