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Labour MP quits equalities committee after posting offensive comments on music forum

Labour MP Jared O’Mara has quit his role on the Commons Women and Equalities Committee after it was discovered that he had joked about having sex with members of Girls Aloud in a series of posts on an online music forum.

In a comment posted on the Drowned in Sound forum in 2004, O’Mara wrote: “Girls Aloud – I advise you to sack Sarah and the remaining four members (Nicola, Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley) come have an orgy with me.”

O’Mara, who took Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam seat in June, also suggested that Pop Idol victor Michelle McManus had only won the 2003 edition of the contest “because she was fat”.

Another post saw him take aim at Jamie Cullum, expressing his wish for the jazz star to be “sodomised with his own piano.”

“It would be no great loss to the music world if he was sodomised with his own piano and subsequently died of a sore arse”, he wrote. “In fact, it would be quite funny.”

O’Mara has since apologised for the comments, admitting that he was “deeply ashamed.”

From Jared regarding today. pic.twitter.com/LSnwzr9MeX

— Jared O'Mara Office (@jomarampoffice) October 23, 2017

“I am deeply ashamed of the comments I made online, which have emerged today”, he said in a statement.

“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.”

24/10/2017 13:47:08
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