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MP Jared O'Mara's Twitter account hijacked as angry staff member quits

MP Jared O'Mara's Twitter account hijacked as angry staff member quits
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Jared O'Mara's Twitter account has been used to attack the Sheffield Hallam MP as a member of staff publicly handed in his notice.

The MP's communications manager Gareth Arnold used a Twitter thread from Mr O'Mara's own account to accuse him of showing "inexcusable contempt" for his constituents.

Mr O'Mara quit Labour in 2018 after being suspended by the party for a string of controversial online posts about women and LGBT people.

The thread of tweets was signed off by Mr Arnold, a member of Mr O'Mara's staff in the South Yorkshire seat.

The account said: "Jared, you are the most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with."

It added: "You do not care about your constituents. You do not care about anyone but yourself."

Another post meanwhile read: "Sheffield Hallam deserves so much better than you. You have wasted opportunities which people dare not to even dream of."

The thread also urged the MP to "call a by-election" and said constitents had been left "desperate for represenation" by Mr O'Mara.

Mr Arnold - who insisted he had pursued "every avenue possible" before launching the flurry of unauthorised tweets - has a history of making online pranks, having set up the parody 'Britain Furst' Twitter account in 2014 to mock the far-right party.

The Yorkshire Post revealed earlier this year that Mr O'Mara had been forced to shut his office for a month because his staff had either left post or been fired.

But last week the independent MP  - who ousted Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg as an MP in 2017 - said he intended to stand in the next election.

"I am going nowhere, and I'm here for you whether you want me here for you or not," he said.

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