The son of a key Corbyn ally was approved as a possible Haringey council candidate just days after his arrest for smuggling drugs into a music festival.
Ishmael Osamor, who works for his Labour frontbencher mum Kate Osamor, was arrested on 8 September after trying to bring £2,500 of ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis into Bestival in Dorset. He later pleaded guilty to possessing drugs with intent to supply.
That arrest took place just days before Osamor took part in a council candidates interview panel for West Green ward in Haringey on 17th September. Some of that day’s panels are said to have been chaired by Claudia Webbe, the chair of Labour’s NEC disputes panel.
Under Labour rules, Osamor should have declared to that interview panel “any matters in my political or personal record which, if revealed, could publicly embarrass the Labour Party”. It is unclear if Osamor failed to do so, or if he was selected by the panel despite his arrest.
Osamor was successfully selected with his mother’s help last November, at which point he should also have signed a candidate contract requiring him declare any change in his circumstances that could be detrimental to the reputation of the party.
One local activist has accused Osamor of hypocrisy, saying he issued a complaint claiming that 84-year-old councillor Sheila Peacock had breached Haringey Labour’s code of conduct in the weeks following his own arrest.
Osamor could now come under pressure to reveal whether he declared his arrest at last September’s selection meeting.