Former Labour MP’s aide resigns with Twitter tirade calling him ‘morally bankrupt’

Andy Gregory
Wednesday 24 July 2019 11:00
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Politics has been a real rollercoaster for Jared O’Mara.

After unseating Nick Clegg as a newbie in 2017, the Sheffield Hallam MP enjoyed a fairytale entry to Westminster.

But just a year later, the 37-year-old quit the Labour Party, after being suspended over historical misogynistic and homophobic tweets, and has since experienced widespread pressure to hold a by-election.

Mr O'Mara has now come under fire from former aide Gareth Arnold, who resigned by hacking his boss's Twitter account and leaving an explicit public rant for all to see.

After spending just eight weeks in Mr O'Mara's employ but having "known him for years", the founder of satirical Britain Furst website felt assured enough to publicly label Mr O'Mara "morally bankrupt" and a "selfish, degenerate p***k".

In April, Mr O'Mara closed his office for a month after all of his staff either quit or were fired, according to the Yorkshire Post.

The Independent MP was allegedly unable to hold constituency surgeries or respond to enquiries for around four weeks, and also missed a key Brexit vote, blaming flu. Mr O'Mara's office has not responded to a request for comment.

But there are two sides to every story.

While people initially reacted with glee about the style in which Mr Arnold resigned, the issue is potentially more serious than at first glance.

Mr O'Mara has previously been open about suffering with mental health issues and many felt that Mr Arnold's approach was insensitive, to say the least.

Moving to his own account, the latter continued to tweet about his boss, gloating that he wouldn't be able to log back in to delete the hacked messages before alleging that Mr O'Mara had drunk a bottle of vodka before a BBC interview.

His account has since been suspended.

Many felt upon reflection that Mr Arnolds had actually dealt a pretty low blow.

Leading some to share anecdotes.

Mr Arnold told BBC 5 Live on Wednesday morning:

We're left with a situation where there's people in Sheffield Hallam who are not being represented, there are people who are waiting on their immigration status, there are people who are not getting houses, there are people having their benefits stopped and all these things stopped just because he's not prepared to do his job properly.

Yes it was a ridiculous statement but it's the one thing I think might motivate change.

He prefaced this by saying:

From the outside it looks like a really horrible thing to do.

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