Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara arrested on suspicion of fraud

Posted On: 
23rd August 2019

Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara has been arrested on suspicion of fraud, according to reports.

Jared O'Mara is said to be preparing to stand down next month
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The former Labour MP’s constituency office was raided by Police last Friday, where they confiscated documents and computers, the Daily Mirror claims.

Mr O’Mara’s office manager Gareth Arnold was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud.

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Both men were released the following evening pending further investigation.

The paper adds that concerns were raised about Parliamentary expense claims made by the MP.

South Yorkshire Police has declined to comment.

The Mirror also reports that Mr O’Mara has submitted the necessary paperwork to resign as an MP, and has dated it for when Parliament returns from recess in early September.

The 37-year-old, who won the seat from former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in 2017, said in late July that he was no longer "in a fit state" to continue the post.

"Let everyone be assured I will be tendering my resignation via the official parliamentary procedure as soon as term restarts," he said.

"I am not in any fit state to continue and nor would that be appropriate if I was. I reiterate my apology to my constituents, the people of Sheffield and the people of the UK as a whole."

Mr O'Mara, who quit Labour in 2018 after being suspended for a string of controversial online posts about women and LGBT people, also used his statement to accuse the party of bullying him.

His comments came days after Mr Arnold, who had been Mr O’Mara’s chief of staff, resigned from his job in a series of critical tweets published on the MP's twitter feed.