An MP’s aide has resigned in an explosive series of tweets labelling his former boss “morally bankrupt” and a “selfish, degenerate prick”.
The tweets were posted from the official account of Jared O’Mara, a former Labour MP who now sits as an independent.
Gareth Arnold, Mr O’Mara’s chief of staff, used his boss’s Twitter account to write that he “will not defend you and your vile, inexcusable contempt for the people who voted you in.”
According to The Star, sister newspaper of i based in Sheffield, the account was not hacked by an outside source and the tweets are from the resigned staffer.
Mr Arnold told the paper that he posted the tweets as “he felt something big needed to happen” to encourage the 37-year-old to step down.
Mr O’Mara is autistic, has cerebral palsy and has spoken in the past about how his mental health has affected his work.
‘Leaving constituents desperate’
In the seven Tweet thread, which has been retweeted and favourited tens of thousands of times, Mr Arnold writes that: “Sheffield Hallam deserves so much better than you. You have wasted opportunities which people dare not to even dream of.
“Leaving constituents desperate for representation again. No matter if they are having their homes taken away, their liberties disgraced or being deported because of your inaction.
“My fear is that now (as I quit) the rest of the staff will leave and once again you will close your office and stop helping anyone but still take your wages until you have the decency to call a by-election.
“I cannot and will not defend you and your vile, inexcusable contempt for the people who voted you in. You selfish, degenerate prick.”
The MP’s aide used the thread to hand in his resignation.
“Jared, you are the morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with. You do not care about your constituents. You do not care about anyone but yourself. Consider this my resignation. Thanks, Gareth Arnold.”
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