Teary Jared O’Mara gets set to finally make his maiden speech
Watch: The Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam MP gave an emotional interview to ITV.
After 13 months in the Commons, Labour’s Jared O’Mara has finally put a date on it: he will make his maiden speech later this month.
The MP who took over from Nick Clegg in 2017 chose meltdown Monday to slip out a mea culpa for his online crimes, such as referring to female concert goers as “sexy little slags” and gay men as “poofters” and “fudge packers”.
Or perhaps it was the Labour spin operation trying to bury bad news…
Either way, O’ Mara offered a “full and unreserved apology for the comments I made online as a young man” and explained that he “grew up in an environment where lad culture and prejudicial language were normalised”.
And now he has now given his first interview since being reinstated to the party.
Talking to ITV’s Joe Pike, O’Mara is close to tears as he discusses his mental health issues and asks for forgiveness from his constituents and the country.
“The best thing that I’ve done this past year is learn to talk to my mum,” he adds. "I love my mum."
O’Mara says that he will make his maiden speech “this month”. The Commons breaks for its summer recess on July 24, so keen observers of the Sheffield Hallam MP should not have long to wait.