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Labour suspends Jared O'Mara amid probe over abusive comments

Labour suspends Jared O'Mara amid probe over abusive comments

"Jared O'Mara is suspended from Labour Party pending investigation", a spokesperson for Labour said.

O'Mara, who was only elected in June, has faced a torrent of criticism after it emerged that he had made a series of unsavoury comments online in the early 2000s.

The 35-year-old described himself as "deeply ashamed" of his online comments and claimed he has been on a "journey of education" since making them.

Asked how Mr O'Mara came to be selected to stand for Labour, Lady Chakrabarti said: "I don't think we should rule people out for bad attitudes when they were in their early 20s".

A Labour Party spokeswoman said: 'He has had the whip suspended while the investigation is carried out'.

"All of us in this House should have due care and attention to the way in which we refer to other people and should show women in public life the respect they deserve", she said.

Sophie Evans, who said she met O'Mara on a dating app past year, alleged he verbally abused her in a club in March - an allegation the MP has denied.

Labour has confirmed that it is investigating Mr O'Mara's behaviour amid calls from the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives for him to be sacked.

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Sophie Evans, the woman Mr O'Mara is alleged to have abused, told ITV's Good Morning Britain: 'Initially, I wanted him to apologise to me.

Later, however, Evans made fresh allegations to the BBC, and today McDonnell said Labour had acted because the circumstances had changed.

"He looked me up and down and said a lot of stuff that isn't repeatable but then called me an ugly b****. I want him to admit what he's done".

"I just thought "Wow, he's not a very nice man" and just forgot about it".

The spokesman said: "This kind of abusive, misogynistic, sexist language is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the Labour Party".

She also claimed Mr O'Mara had used "transphobic slurs".

Newly revealed online comments from the same period show he also made derogatory remarks about Spaniards and Danes.

In the posts online, O'Mara used gay slurs, joked about having an orgy with members of Girls Aloud, claimed Michelle McManus only won Pop Idol "because she was fat", and suggested it would be amusing if jazz star Jamie Cullum was "sodomised with his own piano". "You could hear a pin drop".