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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.

I will not mince my words, I have made three attempts on my life. I was harassed and hounded by the press, I was scared to go home. I was just a mess, I was shaking, I was crying and that lasted for weeks.

I have a lot of apologising to do and I will continue in that vein but I believe when somebody makes mistakes and they ask for an apology that there has got to be a stage where they try and forgive them - that's what I'm asking for from my constituents, from the country - I'm asking for forgiveness.

I want people to be open about issues around mental health and not be ashamed about it and to talk to people. The best thing that I've done this past year is learn to talk to my mum. I love my mum...

It's really changed me because I can be myself now finally.

– Jared O'Mara, Sheffield Hallam MP

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.