MP Jared O'Mara returning to work 'with immediate effect' after Yorkshire Post exposé

Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara has returned to work - one day after The Yorkshire Post revealed he had not been turning up at his constituency office.

Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 9:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 7:20 pm
Jared O'Mara has said he is returning to work

O’Mara, who took Nick Clegg’s seat in Sheffield Hallam in June, was suspended by Labour in October after a series of homophobic, racist and misogynistic online remarks made several years ago was unearthed by the political blog Guido Fawkes.

Shamed MP Jared O'Mara not turning up for workIn December, O’Mara’s office said the MP, who has cerebral palsy, would not be attending Parliament on medical advice but added that he was continuing to work “very hard” for constituents in Sheffield.

But when The Yorkshire Post visited his constituency office on Friday he was absent. His office manager would not reveal how regularly he comes to work or when the last time he turned up was and couldn’t give a single example of him helping a constituent.

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O'Mara did not respond to requests for comment from The Yorkshire Post but has posted a statement on his website this morning to confirm "he will be resuming his duties on a phased return with immediate effect". The statement said the phased return, "on medical advice, will see Jared taking up duties both in Parliament and the constituency".

The MP, who is paid more than £74,000 per year, said: “I am so pleased to be returning to work. Last June I was incredibly proud to have been elected the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam and I am now delighted to be moving forward and able to represent my constituents.”

O'Mara, who remains suspended by Labour, attended Parliament this evening for the first time since October where he was greeted with a hug by Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin.

O'Mara has also posted a statement on his website in relation to the ongoing situation involving the collapse of Carillion, which employs around 250 people in Sheffield.

He said he was "extremely concerned" about the potential impact it would have on his constituents and that he had spoken to Andrew Griffiths MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy yesterday on the issue.

"Constituents can also get in touch with me on this and any other issues of concern to them," his press release said.