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Labour MP Kate Osamor resigns amid row over son’s drug conviction

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Labour’s shadow international development secretary Kate Osamor has resigned amid a row over her son’s drug conviction.

Ms Osamor said she wanted “to concentrate on supporting my family through the difficult time we have been experiencing”.

In October, her son resigned as a London councillor after being convicted of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

The 29-year-old was found with £2,500 of cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and cannabis at last year’s Bestival event.

Labour officials had previously claimed Ms Osamor was unaware of her son’s case until after he was given a community sentence of 200 hours’ unpaid work.

But, according to the Times, Ms Osamor wrote to the trial judge ahead of his sentencing asking for leniency and stressing his remorse.

Her son, Ishmael Osamor, was listed as being employed as a senior communication officer in his mother’s parliamentary office.

The Times said Ms Osamor had told a reporter who approached her for a comment at her home that she “should have come down here with a bat and smashed your face in” before throwing a bucket of water on him.

Parliament’s standards watchdog.

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