The councillor son of key Corbyn ally Kate Osamor is facing a new investigation over his arrest on drug offences last year as pressure mounts on Haringey Labour to withdraw the whip from him.
Haringey councillor Ishmael Osamor, son of Labour frontbencher Kate Osamor MP, was arrested last September for attempting to smuggle £2,500 worth of drugs into a music festival. He later pleaded guilty to possessing drugs with intent to supply.
Yesterday The Red Roar revealed that Osamor was approved as a council candidate just days after his arrest, raising questions over whether he declared the drugs offence to party officials in line with Labour’s rule book.
Now Osamor has resigned as a Deputy Cabinet Member in Haringey Council’s Labour group, as leader Joseph Ejiofor places him under investigation for his conduct around the arrest. In a statement sent to The Red Roar, Ejiofor states that:
“Cllr Osamor came to see me on Friday 26th October and explained about an incident that happened in September last year. I am obviously very concerned and disappointed by the actions that Cllr Osamor admitted. Cllr Osamor has accepted that what he did was wrong and has apologised. He has also resigned from his role as a Deputy Cabinet Member. I believe that it is appropriate for an investigation to be carried out into these actions, and I have asked the Haringey’s Labour Party Chief Whip to do so.”
The investigation will increase the pressure on Haringey Labour group withdraw the whip from Osamor. It is highly unusual for a councillor not to be suspended after being convicted of a serious crime.