Yesterday at Leeds Crown Court, former Labour MP Jared O’Mara was jailed for a total of four years after being convicted of six counts of fraud, totalling over £52,000, to pay drug debts. His ‘Chief of Staff’, Gareth Arnold, was also found guilty of three out of six fraud charges.
Messages between Arnold and O’Mara were read to the jury and showed the extent of his cocaine habit, with Arnold even claiming O’Mara had got “s***faced” before a BBC Look North interview.
The court previously heard O’Mara made claims totalling £19,400 to IPSA for services he said had been provided by a “fictitious” organisation called Confident About Autism South Yorkshire. Prosecutors said the former politician had used the postcode of a McDonald’s restaurant in the city as the company’s business address and the firm’s name had no online search engine results.
“I advise you to sack Sarah and the remaining four members (Nicola, Cheryl, Nadine and Kimberley) come have an orgy with me”O’Mara tweeting about the Girls Aloud pop group.
He was also found guilty of trying to claim £4,650 for services he said his 30-year-old “chief of staff” Arnold, of School Lane, Dronfield, Derbyshire, had provided to him. He had also submitted a false contract of employment for a friend, pretending he worked as a constituency support officer on a salary of £28,000.
Jared O’Mara, had stood as a Labour candidate in various Sheffield council elections, before being selected to stand in Sheffield Hallam in an emergency selection process after a snap election call. The seat had been held by former Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Clegg, who led the Liberal Democrats’ when they took the decision to abandon their pledge to oppose increases in tuition fees, which had previously been a key issue that won the party support from students. This issue was the catalyst that led to O’Mara winning the seat for Labour.
But in 2018, after losing the Sheffield Hallam seat, Clegg became the vice‑president of global affairs and communications at Facebook, before being promoted by Zuckerberg to president for global affairs at Meta Platforms in 2022,
O’Mara, who was described as “brash, arrogant, with a foul mouth and a quick temper,” was an ardent supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. And because O’Mara was on the far Left, he attracted the support of Momentum, the far-left group formed to support Corbyn.
“a conceited cunt” who should be “sodomised with his own piano.”O’Mara tweeting about jazz musician Jamie Cullum.
Momentum had a reported 40,000 members, and was led by Jon Lansman. Lansman was brought up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Southgate, north London. His father Bernard was a Conservative councillor in Hackney. In 2016, the then Labour Party MP Chuka Umunna, argued that “Momentum is a party within a party posing as a movement.” It was these marxists who organised O’Mara’s highly effective campaign in 2017.
O’Mara was suspended by the Labour Party after a series of his online Tweets came to light (posted before he became an MP), in which he insulted women, homosexuals, foreigners and overweight people. Momentum have tried to distance themselves from their former cheerleader.
Through his barrister, O’Mara apologised to the voters in the Sheffield Hallam constituency for failing to resign in October 2017, the month he was suspended by Labour. However, Judge Tom Bayliss KC called the apology “entirely disingenuous” and said the fraud was “cynical, deliberate and dishonest”.
“You must have realised early on that you were wholly unsuited to the role, but you carried on regardless, you brazened it out; drawing a salary, but doing little or no parliamentary work,” he told O’Mara.
“You are not here because of that and I do not aggravate your position because of it. It is irrelevant to these proceedings. That is a matter between you and those who elected you.
“You are here because you abused your position to commit fraud and you have shown not the slightest degree of remorse in respect of that.”
If a member of any Racial Nationalist organisation had committed fraud whilst in public office, or made comments such as those above, the media attack dogs would have gone into overdrive. The reporting would have implied that the whole organisation, its members and even its voters were corrupt and not to be trusted. The criticism would be relentless. Yet Labour have been spared. Only the individual is guilty.
O’Mara was ranked by constituents across the United Kingdom as the 5th-worst sitting MP by a Change.org poll in 2019.
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