Kate Osamor MP has announced she is resigning from her position as Shadow International Development Secretary.
The British Labour Co-operative politician has been the Member of Parliament for Edmonton since May 2015 and was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. She has stated that she is concentrating on supporting her family through the difficult time they have experienced.
In a statement Ms Osamor said:
I am resigning my position as Shadow International Development Secretary to concentrate on supporting my family through the difficult time we have been experiencing. I remain fully committed to our programme for creating a society that works for the many, not the privileged few and will continue to campaign for this from the backbenches.
Osamor’s son Ishmael Osamor who was a Labour councillor was caught with drugs at a festival and later on resigned as a councillor. He later pleaded guilty to four charges. Osamor came under criticism for continuing to employ him as a communications officer.
Labour previously claimed Ms Osamor did not know about the case until her son was sentenced to 200 hours community service but the Times revealed she had written to the judge asking for leniency.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn thanked Ms Osamor for her service in the role that gave Labour a new dimension “by committing Labour to tackle global inequality as well as poverty”.
The MP has also come under criticism for allegedly verbally abusing a journalist who was seeking information about her son’s actions. This drew strong condemnation from the NUJ.
Michelle Stanistreet the Union’s General Secretary said:
“Journalists, like any other workers, need to be able to go about their work without fear of threats or assault. It’s completely unacceptable to respond to legitimate press queries, however unwelcome they may be, with physical or verbal abuse.”