U.K. Labour Party Lawmaker Investigated Over Sexism Allegations

The U.K.’s opposition Labour Party is investigating lawmaker Jared O’Mara over abusive comments he is alleged to have made before he was elected to the House of Commons in June.

O’Mara, who won his seat from former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, was accused of calling a female constituent an “ugly b----” in March this year. He denies the allegation.

The claims followed the revelation of sexist and homophobic social media posts made 15 years ago by O’Mara, 35, for which he apologized to fellow lawmakers at a meeting on Monday evening. He also resigned from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and said that he has changed.

“The Party is investigating Jared O’Mara MP in relation to comments and behaviour which have been reported from earlier this year,” Labour said in an emailed statement on Tuesday afternoon.

Women and Equalities Minister Justine Greening wrote to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before the announcement demanding he should take action over the allegations and “stamp out this sort of behavior” in his party.

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