Suspended Jared O’Mara 'advised by GP not to attend Parliament'

Posted On: 
13th December 2017

MP Jared O’Mara is not currently attending Parliament following advice from his GP, according to a spokesman. 

Jared O'Mara has been signed off work by a GP
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The Sheffield Hallam MP had the Labour whip suspended in October after he was alleged to have made a string of misogynistic and homophobic comments as recently as eight months ago.

The backbencher had already quit the Women and Equalities Committee over racist, sexist and homophobic online posts, some from as far back as 2002.

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And now it has emerged Mr O’Mara has been advised by doctors to “limit” his activities. 

A spokesperson told the BBC, said: "On the advice of his GP, Jared has limited some of his activities and duties as the MP for Sheffield Hallam. This includes attending Parliament at the present time.

"However, Jared continues to serve as the MP for Sheffield Hallam and continues to represent his constituents in other ways.

"He and his staff are working very hard to serve his constituents in Sheffield Hallam, including with casework enquiries."

Mr O'Mara has apologised for past remarks, but said they were made when he was a "young man, at a particularly difficult time of my life".

Labour’s internal probe centres on claims, which Mr O'Mara denies, that he called a barmaid an "ugly b***h" earlier this year.

Mr O’Mara has not spoken in Parliament or in his constituency since he apologised on 23 October.