Labour is to offer “continued support” to Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara after he quit the party with a surprise announcement.
Just nine days after being re-instated to the party following his suspension for posting offensive online comments years ago, Mr O’Mara claimed in a letter to his constituents last week that he had “not been listened to or been given a fair investigation”.
A statement by Labour released tonight read: “Recognising the difficult circumstances in this case, we will continue to offer support to Jared O’Mara in any way we can, as we have throughout.”
ITV said that it understood the order came from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was cited as being concerned for Mr O’Mara’s welfare.
In his letter to constituents, the 36-year-old MP wrote: “I have experienced little to make me feel welcome, understood and accepted during this last year.”
Mr O’Mara, who was elected in 2017 after beating former deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg.
Mr O’Mara did not immediately respond to a request for comment.