Jared O’Mara MP was branded a ‘selfish, degenerate p***k’ by one of his staff members on his official Twitter account
Shamed MP Jared O’Mara has blamed his ‘idol’ Jeremy Corbyn for his mental breakdown and claims the Labour leader ‘gaslighted’ him in Parliament as he breaks his silence since his aide’s resignation rant on Twitter.
The former Labour MP, who now sits as an independent, was denounced on his own Twitter feed earlier this week and branded a ‘selfish, degenerate p***k’ in an explosive resignation posted on his official account.
In a statement posted on his website today, Mr O’Mara said he would be taking time out to ‘receive professional help’ and apologised to his family, friends and constituents.
The 37-year-old, who unseated Nick Clegg in the 2017 General Election, also lambasted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying: ‘One person who constantly snubbed me and treated me less favourably than other people was Jeremy.
‘He was the biggest shock of that election; not my victory. He has not been the man I thought he was nor that he appears to be. To the point that he and his team lied to you all last year. I was never let back in the Labour Party as they said. Nor was I ever ordered to go on training or ‘warned’.
They wanted me to act like I was when I was not provided with any details in writing about anything and they wanted me to act like I was guilty of those allegations from the two women from the pub when I had submitted hard evidence and witness details that showed I was not. So I had no choice but to leave the party I loved.’
A statement was released by Jared O’Mara this afternoon in response to
The MP, who did not respond to requests to comment on the story on Tuesday and Wednesday and was not at any of his known addresses, is preparing to make a joint statement
He added that ‘within months’ of him becoming the MP for Sheffield Hallam the ‘smears happened’ and he fell into a ‘self desctructive nosedive.’
The 37-year-old said he tried to set up a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn but ‘did not fulfil their promise’ and when he emailed his disgust with their treatment of him ‘Jeremy’s response was to make false reports about me being a mental health danger around parliament’
He added: ‘I was not then a mental health risk at that point but such gaslighting ultimately made me one.’
The lengthy statement comes after Gareth Arnold, who describes himself as a long-time friend of Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara and has been his chief of staff for the last eight weeks, accused the Parliamentarian of ‘inexcusable contempt for the people who voted you in’ and called for a by-election.
Momentum-backed O’Mara, 37, unseated Lib Dem leader Sir Nick Clegg in the 2017 election.
But he was suspended by Labour within weeks of his election when past tweets surfaced in which he invited the band Girls Aloud to an orgy and made sick a joke about musician Jamie Cullum being ‘sodomised to death’.
In the explosive Twitter rant, the former employee branded O’Mara a ‘morally bankrupt person’ who didn’t ‘care about anyone’ but himself
O’Mara was called a ‘selfish, degenerate p***k’ as the former employee fumed from his Twitter account
The staffer, Gareth Arnold, then signed off the rant with his own Twitter account, writing: ‘Consider this my resignation. Thanks’
Labour nonetheless readmitted the disgraced MP when his suspension expired in July 2018 – only to see him resign from the party in a fit of pique about the suspension process a couple of weeks later.
Last night in a jaw-dropping twitter thread former aide Arnold unleashed a sensational rant against a man he once called a friend.
He wrote: ‘Jared, you are the most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with.
‘You do not care about your constituents. You do not care about anyone but yourself.
‘I cannot and will not defend you and your vile, inexcusable contempt for the people who voted you in. You selfish, degenerate p***k.
‘My fear is that now (as I quit) the rest of the staff will leave and once again you will close your office and stop helping anyone but still take your wages until you have the decency to call a byelection.
‘Leaving constituents desperate for representation again. No matter if they are having their homes taken away, their liberties disgraced or being deported because of your inaction.
O’Mara was backed by Momentum, the grassroots activist group set up to elect keep Mr Corbyn in power, during the 2017 election which saw him defeat Sir Nick Clegg
former Labour colleague Jess Phillips joined the debate after a string of even more accusatory tweets from Gareth Arnold’s personal account
‘Sheffield Hallam deserves so much better than you. You have wasted opportunities which people dare not to even dream of.’
The former aide tagged his own Twitter account as he signed off the rant, writing: ‘Consider this my resignation. Thanks Gareth Arnold.’
After the tweets went viral lats night, Mr Arnold took to his own twitter account to make a series of even more startling accusations about the MP, and Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips said O’Mara was ‘an awful MP’ but said he ‘deserved help’.
Mr Arnold, a blogger who rose to prominence in 2014 for his online trolling of the far-right political party Britain First, also ripped into the MP in a series of scathing tweets from his own account.
Mr Arnold wrote: ‘I am pretty sure Jared is asleep because he hasn’t been in for a few weeks and hadn’t replied to my WhatsApp… oh crumbs.’
He added: ‘He has just messaged me and he pays that little attention to anything that he’s not even seen the tweet all of his constituents have. Unbelievable.’
But as his tweets started to be shared thousands of times he appeared to question his actions.
He wrote: ‘All I want is for Sheffield Hallam to have an MP that cares about them.
‘Was it the best way to go about it? Well, I’ll find out. Did I exhaust every single avenue possible before I did it? Yes, for many weeks. It’s not fair on the people who have serious casework who need help and it’s not fair on Sheffield Hallam.’
In 2014, Mr Arnold created a social media account to parody Britain First, called Britain Furst. It was responsible for mass trolling covered by worldwide news media.
Jared O’Mara: Rise and fall of the Corbynite who unseated Clegg
Jared O’Mara was born in Sheffield in 1981. He has cerebral palsy and is registered disabled.
He studied journalism at university and prior to entering politics was a trustee of a Sheffield based disability charity and a school governor. He stood as a Labour candidate in council elections.
In 2017 he was made prospective parliamentary candidate in Nick Clegg’s seat of Sheffield Hallam by Labour’s National Executive committee, in a move which outraged many in the local party.
He won the seat in a shock upset.
But he was the last MP in the 2017 intake to make a maiden speech and his attendance in Westminister debates is amongst the lowest in Parliament.
He was suspended in July 2017 when sexist and homophobic tweets posted as a 23-year-old surfaced.
He was reinstated in July of the following year but resigned the whip nine days later.
Mr O’Mara could not be reached for comment.
The Twitter rant comes just months after O’Mara shut his constituency office when all his staff either resigned or were sacked.
O’Mara announced in April that he was having a ‘temporary pause’ in handling casework until he hired new staff and moved into a new office.
He was unable to hold constituency surgeries or respond to phone calls or correspondence for around four weeks, sources said.
Furious constituents called for the MP to ‘do the decent thing’ and resign, claiming he is not properly representing them.
He has faced mounting pressure in recent months after failing to vote in key Brexit amendments and labelling his critics ‘football hooligans who smell of processed meat’.
Mr O’Mara said last year he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of the sexist and homophobic comments made in his early 20s.
Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding branded the posts ‘vile and obscene’ when they resurfaced.
She said at the time: ‘Whether he made them yesterday or several years ago, the fact remains they were made by a person who is now in high office.
‘When he was selected as a prospective parliamentary candidate how on earth did this not come up?
‘Was he not vetted? Did he really think he would get away with it?
Theresa May condemned O’Mara over his sexist comments and said women must be ‘given the respect they deserve’.
Asked about the comments during PMQs in the Commons, she said: ‘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 that they deserve.’
Labour readmitted O’Mara to the party in July 2018 despite the controversy.
O’Mara was backed by Momentum, the grassroots activist group set up to elect keep Mr Corbyn in power, during the 2017 election.
MailOnline has contacted Jared O’Mara for comment.
Jared O’Mara’s statement in full
In a few weeks, I will be making a follow-up statement regarding my position, until then I will be taking time out to receive professional help to deal with my mental health and personal issues regarding self-medication. During this time I would appreciate you could give myself and family privacy.
This is what I would like to say in the meantime:
I would like to start by apologising to my family, my friends and my constituents. I have not been honest with you about the depths of my depression and self-loathing.
When I started this job in 2017 I was a different man: a confident and passionate man that wanted to help others. Sadly, I was unable to do that because very quickly I was bullied and mistreated in a harsh and unforgiving environment and that led me to be weak.
I wasn’t even meant to win the election. I stood because I wanted to give my time to support the democratic process and because I was inspired by Jeremy Corbyn and everything he had to say. Particularly about ‘Equality and Fairness’.
I voted for him twice, was a member of his group ‘Momentum’ and practically idolised him.
But I got no support from him or the National Labour Party during the campaign. The previous Labour candidate Oliver Coppard (who I think should be the MP for Sheffield Hallam and I think is a top bloke) got funding and support nationally but I did not.
The efforts of a small group of dedicated grassroots activists working to help me with the campaign I lead won that election for us.
I will always be grateful to those amazing volunteers and all who voted for me. I don’t get many people backing me, helping me and supporting me in my life so it means so much when you do.
One person who constantly snubbed me and treated me less favourably than other people was Jeremy.
He was the biggest shock of that election; not my victory. He has not been the man I thought he was nor that he appears to be. To the point that he and his team lied to you all last year. I was never let back in the Labour Party as they said. Nor was I ever ordered to go on training or ‘warned’.
They wanted me to act like I was when I was not provided with any details in writing about anything and they wanted me to act like I was guilty of those allegations from the two women from the pub when I had submitted hard evidence and witness details that showed I was not. So I had no choice but to leave the party I loved.
Within months of my appointment as MP for Sheffield Hallam the smears happened and I fell into a self-destructive nosedive.
During my suspension Sam Matthews his team were consummate professionals but then Jeremy’s office took over the case and I had to get a solicitor involved because of disability discrimination in order to get it back on track.
The discrimination made things even worse. My mental health deteriorated further and I isolated myself from family, friends and constituents. My actions became erratic and my thoughts became incoherent to the point where most recently I suffered a delusional episode.
In May this year, I sent an email to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn asking them for help with getting Equality in parliament. Some MPs were parents who were not getting support and Maternity/Paternity cover and I wasn’t entitled to my rights under the Equality Act for adequate support for my disabilities and as such was not provided with the safe and necessary environment for me to speak in the chamber.
This was to serve as my olive branch to Jeremy for the bullying he and his staff had put me through which caused me to leave the party in July last year.
Jeremy and his office then offered me a meeting by letter and by my parents’ observations I was visibly excited. Jeremy’s office then promised to get in touch with me and offer a selection of dates on a certain day but did not fulfil their promise, so I emailed the next day and let my disgust at their disrespect be known.
Jeremy’s response was to make false reports about me being a mental health danger around parliament with a delegation of Labour safeguarding representatives and his staff. I know this because I have it in writing from the parliamentary doctor.
I was not then a mental health risk at that point but such gaslighting ultimately made me one.
About two weeks ago I told a staff member I was in love with her during the aforementioned delusional episode.
I’d been paranoid for weeks that if I was mad like Jeremy and his team said I was then I’d do something like that.
The messages I said that were not of a sober or rational mind and felt like an out of body experience when I sent them but I know that does not excuse my actions because I should not have been self-medicating with a drink to get into that state. It was my lowest point and I will be apologising personally to her and her family.
I want to become a better person again; like I was. I feel I’ve become unrecognisable and I want to make amends. I need treatment for my mental health and rest first though. I will make a further statement about my future in a few weeks.
Lastly, to my dear, old friend – the Noel to my Liam – Gareth: Thank you for sticking with me like I am sticking with you. How anyone put up with for this long is a mystery! That’s what mates should do. I wish you a good break, you have earned it.
I am so sorry to everybody for everything. You have put up with so much; all of you all my staff, my family, friends and constituents.
Thank you so much,
Jared O’Mara MP