BREAKING: Sheffield MP apologises after sexist and homophobic rants emerge
Jared O’Mara also attacked ‘fatties’, football fans and Leeds residents
Jared O'Mara, the Labour MP for the Sheffield Hallam constituency, has apologised today after a wide range of offensive comments were exposed.
The political blog Guido Fawkes have collated a wide range of unsavoury, and often misogynistic or homophobic, things that O'Mara has said over the years.
In a 2004 blog post written for music website Drowned In Sound, he advised Girls Aloud to "sack Sarah and…come and have an orgy with me", before saying "it would be no great loss to the music world" if pop star Jamie Cullum "was sodomised with his own piano and subsequently died…it would be quite funny."
Criticising Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus, the post continued: "The only fat people out there who deserve our respect are those who are fat not because of a poor diet, but because of a genuine medical condition."
As the lead singer of a band, O'Mara wrote and performed a song called I Wish I Was A Misogynist, the lyrics of which describe violence against women: “I wish I were a misogynist, I’d put her in her place , I wish I were a misogynist, I’d smash her in her face.”
His foul online postings also saw him describe Sheffield United supporters as "f***ing pigs" and residents of the city of Leeds as "a bunch of rugby lovin' c***s."
O'Mara also referred to gay people as "fudge packers" who "drive up the marmite motorway".
Jared, who was elected and ended up unseating Nick Clegg in June's General Election, has now said in a Facebook post:
"I am deeply ashamed of the comments I made online, which have emerged today.
"I was wrong to make them, I understand why they are offensive and sincerely apologise for my use of such unacceptable language. I made the comments as a young man, at a particularly difficult time in my life, but that is no excuse.
"Misogyny is a deep problem in our society. Since making those comments 15 years ago, I have learned about inequalities of power and how violent language perpetuates them.
"I continue to strive to be a better man and work where I can to confront misogyny, which is why I'm so proud to sit on the Women and Equalities Select Committee.
"I will continue to engage with, and crucially learn from, feminist and other equalities groups so as an MP I can do whatever I can to tackle misogyny."
Nevertheless, the apology – which follows on from a previous statement, in which he merely said sorry for "any offence caused" – have done little to stop the backlash after the revelations.
Former Shefield Council leader and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Paul Scriven has commented: "It seems like a nasty pattern of sexist language and misogyny is developing from the Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam.
"He clearly isn't fit to sit on the Women and Equalities Committee. He must stand down from that immediately. If he doesn't, Jeremy Corbyn must take action to remove him."