Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls to expel the under-fire MP Jared O’Mara over allegations of sexism and homophobia.
Both the Equalities Secretary Justine Greening and Lib Dem leader Vince Cable have called for the party whip to be withdrawn from the Sheffield Hallam MP, with the latter urging Labour to review its selection process.
Their interventions come amid serious questions about Mr O’Mara’s past attitude towards women and members of the LGBT community, after reporters unearthed a series of offensive posts from online forums.
The MP has since apologised for his behaviour, but critics argue this is not enough.
Labour investigates MP Jared O’Mara
Labour says it is investigating allegations about the “comments and behaviour” of its MP Jared O’Mara.
Mr O’Mara has already apologised for homophobic and misogynistic remarks he made online in 2002 and 2004 and quit the Commons equalities committee.
But he denies subsequent allegations of offensive language to a constituent in March this year.
Labour said it was investigating the more recent claims, which were made on BBC Two’s Daily Politics.
“The party is investigating Jared O’Mara MP in relation to comments and behaviour which have been reported from earlier this year,” it said.
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