Last Saturday, Kate Osamor stepped down from her position as the secretary of state for international development. She announced her resignation on Twitter.
Osamor allegedly threatened a journalist who doorstepped her in relation to some questions regarding how much she knew about the drugs conviction of her son, Ishmael Osamor.
In her statement, Osamor said that she had stepped down from her position “to concentrate on supporting my family through the difficult time we have been experiencing.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, stated: “I have accepted Kate Osamor’s resignation and would like to thank her for her work as our shadow secretary of state for International Development. She brought a new dimension to the role by committing Labour to tackling global inequality as well as poverty as part of building a world for the many, not the few.”
He added: “I know Kate will take this time to support her family, work for her constituents and support our party’s efforts to rebuild Britain from the backbenches.”
Ishmael Osamor pleaded guilty to the charges of possession with intent to supply ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis, and ketamine on the 18th of September at the Bournemouth crown court. It was then accepted by the prosecution that Osamor was looking after the drugs for his friends. Judge Stephen Climie said that he had received five references as a support of Osamor, which played a “significant” part in his decision to impose a community sentence of 200 hours of unpaid work.
The revelation that the MP may have been aware of the said court case before the sentencing came after media organisations demanded that the five references be released. While the judge rejected the requests to release the letters, he identified three of the authors to be Ishmael Osamor, his mother, and his partner.