Former Labor MP Jared O’Mara pleads not guilty to making false expense claims

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Former Labor MP Jared O’Mara pleads not guilty to making false expense claims

  • Jared O’Mara has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of fraud and an eighth count
  • His former assistant Gareth Arnold of Dronfield has also denied six counts of fraud
  • John Woodliff, 42, of Sheffield, has also denied a charge of proceeds of crime










A former Labor MP appeared in court yesterday accused of making false expense claims.

Jared O’Mara, 39, who toppled Nick Clegg in the 2017 general election, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of fraud and an eighth count under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

His former aide, Gareth Arnold, 28, of Dronfield, Derbyshire, denied six counts of fraud during the hearing before Sheffield magistrates.

Jared O’Mara, 39, who toppled Nick Clegg in the 2017 general election, has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of fraud and an eighth count under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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O’Mara left the Labor Party following a series of controversies, but remained in office as an independent Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam until his resignation in the 2019 election

A third defendant, John Woodliff, 42, of Sheffield, has denied a proceeds of crime charge.

District Judge Paul Goldspring said the case is due to be heard at Sheffield Crown Court.

He gave the three defendants unconditional bail until their next court appearance on October 25.

O’Mara left the Labor Party following a series of controversies, but remained in power as an independent MP for Sheffield Hallam until his resignation in the 2019 election.

The former MP, who suffers from cerebral palsy and has the autism spectrum, has been charged following an investigation by South Yorkshire Police detectives into allegations of spending fraud.


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