The Labour party is at the centre of a new nepotism row after Kate Osamor’s son was selected as a Labour candidate for upcoming elections in the London borough of Haringey.
Ish Osamor, who currently works for the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, was selected after two serving Labour councillors were removed as candidates at a stormy meeting of Labour members on Monday night.
Kate Osamor, who was elected as MP for Edmonton in 2015, was at the shortlisting and selection meetings. Sources at the meetings claim Osamor, who has been the MP for Edmonton since 2015, nominated her son to be included on the shortlist, following the defeat of two sitting councillors in a trigger ballot.
The Labour party has been forced to defend decisions by senior Labour figures to hire the children of MPs and union officials. Jeremy Corbyn’s son Seb Corbyn works for John McDonnell. John Prescott’s son works for Jeremy Corbyn. Laura Murray, whose father is Unite’s Chief of Staff Andrew Murray, works for the party and is believed to be targeting the safe Labour seat of Vauxhall.
The selection of Osamor will be highly controversial because two long-serving Labour councillors, who are well-regarded locally, had to be pushed aside by members to allow him to enter the contest. Eddie Griffith, a former Mayor of Haringey, and Eugene Ayisi – who is currently cabinet member for communities, lost trigger ballots and were defeated in an open selection contest in which Osamor and two other new candidates triumphed. Ish Osamor was selected alongside two Momentum-backed candidates, Sarah Williams and Mahir Demir.