Former Labour Sheffield Hallam MP arrested on suspicion of fraud – BBC

The BBC reports:

MP Jared O’Mara has been arrested on suspicion of fraud, according to multiple sources.

The independent MP for Sheffield Hallam was arrested at the same time as his chief of staff Gareth Arnold, the BBC’s Next Episode Podcast found.

Electronic equipment was confiscated in the South Yorkshire Police inquiry, the BBC also understands.

Mr O’Mara did not respond to requests for comment while Mr Arnold said he had “no comment”.

Both have been released under investigation.

South Yorkshire Police would not confirm details of either man’s arrest.

A spokesman for Sheffield Hallam Liberal Democrats said:

We have been calling for the resignation of Jared O’Mara for a long time. With crucial votes coming up in Westminster, the people of Sheffield Hallam need an MP they can count on to fight Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans and to stand up for local communities.

Formerly a Labour MP, Jared O’Mara’s term as an MP has been mired in controversy and he has stated his intention to resign in September when Parliament sits again after the holiday period.

Laura Gordon, the Liberal Democrat PPC for Sheffield Hallam is working hard with her team in the constituency. Details of how you can help Laura now are here.

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  • Charles Pragnell 24th Aug '19 - 8:42am

    The sooner O’Mara resigns the better . So unfair for the people of Hallam not to have an MP who will work for the communities which backs on on to the beauty of the Hope Valley. I would hope that the Lib Dems would get this seat back.
    Labour locally tainted by O’Mara, and the constituents will blame Labour for not doing proper vetting of Mr O’Mara.
    This is a seat where in 1997 we won the seat with a massive swing of over 20 percent and consistently held it with a majority of PR 7000 plus with the exception 2015 and 2017. Hallam deserves a hard working MP. If the the by election take place and the Lib Dems win, we will nearly have a fifty percent genda balance of MPs. That would be a first for any UK political parties!

  • John Marriott 24th Aug '19 - 9:50am

    The guy HAS to go! Time for a recall petition?

  • Scott Berry 24th Aug '19 - 9:59am

    Do we know what the alleged fraud is?

  • May be a bit late for a recall petition
    “It has previously been claimed that O’Mara, who was formerly with Labour before becoming an independent, has submitted paperwork for his resignation as an MP for Sheffield Hallam, dated for when parliament returns in September”
    Even if he doesn’t resign I’m still not sure you have grounds for a recall petition ( failure to attend or to do the job do not appear to be reasons).

    MPs can be recalled only under certain circumstances:

    If they are convicted in the UK of an offence and sentenced or ordered to be imprisoned or detained and all appeals have been exhausted (and the sentence does not lead to automatic disqualification from being an MP);
    If they are suspended from the House following report and recommended sanction from the Committee on Standards for a specified period (at least 10 sitting days, or at least 14 days if sitting days are not specified).;
    If they are convicted of an offence under section 10 of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 (making false or misleading Parliamentary allowances claims)

  • Geoffrey Dron 24th Aug '19 - 3:08pm

    R/P – premature (Frankie).

    Presumption of innocence still applies.

  • Geoffrey Dron
    which bit of “Even if he doesn’t resign I’m still not sure you have grounds for a recall petition” do you struggle with?

  • Geoffrey Dron 24th Aug '19 - 6:42pm

    @Frankie – none, because I’m agreeing with you.

  • Apologies Geoffrey, I’m struggling with what R/P ment (took me awhile, but then things often do), my bad.

  • If he is charged how would that impact on a by-election campaign? Presumably everyone involved would have to be very careful what they said and wrote.

    I am not convinced he will resign in September. If he does not there is nothing stopping Sheffield Liberal Democrats or local residents organising a petition asking him to do the decent thing.

    Whatever happens I hope people will not be too nasty towards him.

  • John Marriott 25th Aug '19 - 12:54pm

    Come on, ‘frankie’, all this faux aggression will get you into real trouble some day. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, otherwise you’ll be having to take a leaf out of Kenneth Williams book*!

    Let’s just hope that the resignation letter from Mr O’Mara does go in soon. It just makes you realise what a mixed bunch our MPs are. Despite the mistakes he made – and there were a few – Nick Clegg never really deserved to lose his seat to someone, who clearly was not up to the job.

    *As Julius Caesar in ‘Carry on Cleo’(1964); “Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!”

  • @John Marriott Nick Clegg’s replacement by Jared O’Mara stands as great metaphor for the Labour Party generally – replace something really good with something expensive and unfit for purpose.

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