Labour MP quits af­ter threat­en­ing jour­nal­ist

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A Labour front­bencher has quit the shadow cab­i­net af­ter al­legedly threat­en­ing a jour­nal­ist.

Shadow In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary, Kate Osamor, has re­signed just weeks af­ter she was re­ported to Par­lia­ment’s stan­dards watch­dog over con­cerns about her em­ploy­ment of her son.

In a state­ment, Ms Osamor said she was step­ping down to con­cen­trate on sup­port­ing her fam­ily at “this dif­fi­cult time”.

Her de­ci­sion comes af­ter her son, Ish­mael, who she em­ploys in her par­lia­men­tary of­fice, pleaded guilty to four charges of posses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply af­ter he was found with £2,500 worth of drugs at the Bes­ti­val mu­sic fes­ti­val last year.

It also fol­lows a re­port that the Ed­mon­ton MP ver­bally abused a jour­nal­ist from The Times who sought to ques­tion her about the case in­volv­ing her son.

She is re­ported to have screamed at the re­porter that she “should have smashed your face in” with a base­ball bat. Af­ter throw­ing a bucket of wa­ter at him, she called the po­lice.

Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn thanked her for her work and said she “brought a new di­men­sion to the role”.

He said: “I know Kate will take this time to sup­port her fam­ily...and sup­port our ef­forts to re­build Bri­tain from the back­benches.”

Kate Osamor quit Labour

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