A Labour MP who was suspended from the party for alleged misogynistic and homophobic comments has been reinstated to the party.
Jared O’Mara was suspended in October when it emerged he had made a series of comments online that were viewed as derogatory towards women and the LGBT community.
In posts made on the Drowned in Sound music website in 2004, Mr O’Mara claimed singer Michelle McManus only won the television talent show Pop Idol “because she was fat”.
He also said it would be funny if jazz musician Jamie Cullum was “sodomised with his own piano” and joked about having an orgy with members of Girls Aloud.
Allegations were also made against Mr O’Mara by Sophie Evans, who said she had met the MP on a dating app before he was elected, and that he had made comments to her that “aren’t broadcast-able”.
The posts were revealed by Guido Fawkes and Mr O’Mara was immediately forced to stand down from his post on the Women and Equalities Committee.
Mr O’Mara apologised for remarks in 2002 and 2004 but said he “categorically denies” Ms Evans’ allegation.
Following an investigation into the matter, the Labour Party has ruled Mr O’Mara should be issued with a formal warning and the party whip restored.
However, the 36-year-old’s reinstatement to the Labour Party is not being met with resounding joy.
Not a good lookhttps://t.co/8QeuSmBNxl
— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) July 3, 2018
Penny Baker, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Stannington, said she was “shocked” to learn about Mr O’Mara’s “terrible” comments, and accused Labour of not taking them seriously.
Ms Baker said: “With this hearing, Labour had the chance to set things straight, they didn’t.
“This is allowing an MP who has offended countless people with his misogynistic and homophobic comments to continue to be a member of the Labour party.”
She said people in the Sheffield Hallam ward, who were previously represented by Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, “deserve better” than Mr O’Mara.
I’m proud to publish today our #LGBTActionPlan – setting out concrete steps to help improve lives for LGBT people and eliminate the discrimination and inequality they face: https://t.co/4NJpHuV7fP #Pride2018
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 3, 2018
The move has also come at the same time as the Conservative Party publish their LGBT Action Plan aimed at addressing inequality and discrimination faced by the LGBT community.
There are undoubtedly many within the Sheffield Community asking whether the Labour Party has truly acted within their interests.