Friday, 6 Dec 2019

Labour MP Kate Osamor ‘not ashamed’ to be in council house despite ‘£77k’ salary

Labour MP Kate Osamor has said she remains "proud, not ashamed" to be living in her council house despite reports she earns £77,000 a year.

The 50-year-old’s council home is believed to be worth £750,000, according to reports.

It is understood she is living there with her son Ishmael Osamor, 29, who resigned as Labour councillor following his criminal conviction.

He had been found with drugs worth £2,500 at the Bestival music festival in Dorset in 2017. Mr Osamor pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to four counts of possession with intent to supply cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and cannabis.

On October 19 he was sentenced to a two-year community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and up to 20 rehabilitation activity days and ordered to pay £400 prosecution costs.

His mother, Edmonton MP Kate Osamor, later stepped down as a Labour frontbencher following controversy over her employment of her son in her office.

The pair live together in a council home in north Haringey, London, it is reported.


According to The Sun, Ms Osamor earns a salary of £77,379 on top of expenses and he was thought to earn up to £43,835 working as her chief of staff.

But the former Shadow Secretary of State for International Development said she is proud to be in social housing.

Ms Osamor tweeted on Monday: "On Christmas eve, I will always remember that nearly 30yrs ago I was a homeless single mum who secured a tenancy to my home.

"Everyone deserves a home for life. I remain proud, not ashamed, to be in social housing."

After her tweet, she was hit with criticism by some, but others supported her choices.

Lobey Dosser wrote on Twitter: "I was born and brought up in a Council house and I am proud of it.

"And as soon as I could, I moved out and bought my own house so that those less fortunate could have access to Council houses.

"You should try it. It helps other people to get on in life."

However, Lincoln MP Karen Lee tweeted: "I was a single Mum when I was given my first council house in 1977 Kate & it gave me and my daughter the home we needed.

"She died at 35 but I remember those happy days often. I hope 2019 is a better year for you and for your family, I know what a good & kind person you are x."

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