An independent MP’s aide staged a dramatic resignation - using his boss’s own Twitter account.
Gareth Arnold, who worked for Sheffield Hallam Independent MP Jared O’Mara, branded his boss “the most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with” in a series of tweets on Tuesday night.
In the string of tweets, Mr Arnold wrote: “Comms Team signing off... forever: Jared, you are the most disgustingly 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.”
He went on: “I cannot and will not defend you and your vile, inexcusable contempt for the people who voted you in” as well as adding: “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 byelection.”
The tweets on Mr O’Mara’s alleged conduct continued until Arnold finished with the words: “Consider this my resignation. Thanks, Gareth Arnold.” with a GIF of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner dropping an imaginary microphone on stage.
On his own Twitter account, where his biography says he “used to work for an MP (for my sins)”, Mr Arnold referred to his explosive resignation.
He wrote: “I am pretty sure Jared is asleep because he hasn't been in for a few weeks and hadn't replied to my WhatsApp... oh crumbs.”
He added: “He has just messaged me and he pays that little attention to anything that he's not even seen the tweet all of his constituents have. Unbelievable.”
Mr O’Mara is no stranger to controversy.
The 37-year-old’s victory against former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was one of the shocks of the 2017 general election.
Mr O’Mara resigned from Labour in 2018 after being suspended over historic misogynistic and homophobic comments made online and has been an independent MP ever since.
In April, the Yorkshire Post reported that he had shut down his office for a month after all of his staff either quit or were fired, leaving him unable to hold constituency surgeries or respond to phone calls or correspondence.