Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara reveals he tried to take his own life during Labour Party suspension

Jared O'Mara replaced Nick Clegg as Sheffield Hallam MP last year. Credit: ITV

Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara has revealed he attempted to take his own life in the wake of criticism for making sexist and homophobic comments on social media.

The 36-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and autism, was suspended from the Labour Party last year after a series of postings emerged that dated back to his early 20s.

Mr O'Mara, who was readmitted to the party after a dispute panel examined his conduct this month, says the experience had a serious impact on his mental health - leading him to develop an anxiety disorder.

His shock victory over the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was one of the most memorable moments of the 2017 general election.

Speaking for the first time since his comments surfaced, he exclusively told ITV about how difficult recent events have been for him.

Mr O'Mara confirmed he has no plans to stand down and finally - a year after being elected - plans to make his maiden speech in the House of Commons later this month.