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Jeremy Corbyn's willingness to create Labour peers shows principled positions can be diluted by the political pragmatism that is required of every Leader of Her Majesty's opposition.

Shami Chakrabarti was made Baroness Chakrabarti of Kennington and elevated to the Shadow Cabinet as shadow Attorney-General with what many regarded as indecent haste soon after she completed a controversial inquiry into anti-Semitism in the Labour party last year.

Now there are plans to ennoble further fellow travellers when the opportunity next arises. A list of potential peers is said to include two long-time allies of the Labour leader: Murad Qureshi, the former member of the London Assembly member who chairs Stop the War (as Corbyn once did) and Martha Osamor – the veteran campaigner who was controversially replaced as the Labour candidate for Vauxhall in favour of Kate Hoey in 1989. Osamor is the mother of Kate Osamor, the shadow International Development Secretary who was elected Labour MP for Edmonton in 2015.

The Osamor family is rapidly becoming a new political dynasty; her son Ishmael is standing to be a Labour councillor in the London borough of Haringey.

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