Jared O’Mara has announced he is quitting the Labour Party after claiming he has not been “listened to or been given a fair investigation” regarding comments he made on social media before he became an MP.
Mr O’Mara who won the Sheffield Hallam seat against Nick Clegg in 2017 was suspended from the party following a string of misogynistic and homophobic comments he made online.
In a letter published on his website, Mr O’Mara said he was “truly sorry for any offence” from the “mistakes” he made but accused the Labour Party of not investigating properly and sharing his commitment to “equality and compassion”.
“This decision has not been taken lightly but has been made following careful reflection of the decision to re-admit me back into the Labour Party following my suspension last October,” he said.
“I feel I have not been listened to or been given a fair investigation as I do not believe they considered my supporting evidence or got in touch with my witnesses.
“Furthermore, I am of the opinion that the Labour Party no longer shares my commitment to the true definition of equality and compassion.
“There is no doubt that I made mistakes as a young man using distasteful language as a clumsy attempt at satire and sarcasm online. But that does not mean that is who I am today.
“I am sure that there may be many of us who have done things in our past which we wished we had never done.”
Mr O’Mara said he would continue on as the MP for Sheffield Hallam.