Comments by former Staffordshire University student and Labour MP Jared O’Mara have been slammed as “totally unacceptable” by a rival MP in Stoke-on-Trent.
O’Mara has resigned from the Women and Equalities Select Committee after a number of sexist and homophobic comments he made in the past have been revealed.
The Sheffield MP made a series of offensive remarks online while he was a student in Stoke-on-Trent between 2002 and 2004.
His string of offensive comments included asking Girls Aloud for an orgy and quoting that ‘fat women don’t deserve respect.’
He has since apologised for his comments in a statement of Twitter, saying: “I am deeply ashamed of the comments I made online.
“I was wrong to make them. I understand why they are offensive and sincerely apologise for my use of such unacceptable language.”
O’Mara insists since he has changed since then and said that he has since learned about the “inequalities of power and how violent language perpetuates them”.
After the investigation was launched into his behaviour, Sophie Evans told the BBC that O’Mara called her an “ugly bitch” whilst DJ’ing in a nightclub in March, 2017.
Jack Brereton, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, told Staffslive: “MPs who are making comments like that are totally unacceptable.
“MPs are people who should have a high level of thought about these sort of issues and shouldn’t be making comments in public when they hold very important and respected positions within their communities.”
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