Miss Osamor found herself mixed up in three scandals after she made her 29-year-old son Ishmael her senior communications officer and was subsequently accused of nepotism. After defending his whopping £50,000 pay packet, he was found to have drug offences and said she had been unaware of the crime at the time she appointed him communications officer for Labour. Yesterday however, it emerged she had written desperate letters to the judge involved in the case and begged for leniency for her son. Last night she also verbally abused a journalist from The Times, who approached her for a comment.
She was reported as having told the reporter she “should have come down here with a bat and smashed your face in” before chucking a bucket of water over him.
She has now sensationally quit.
Miss Osamor said in a statement: “I am resigning from my role as international development secretary to concentrate on supporting my family through the difficult time we have been experiencing.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had accepted her resignation before thanking her for her work as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
He added: “I know Kate will take this time to support her family, work for her constituents and support our party’s efforts to rebuild Britain from the backbenches.”
Ishmael was found with drugs worth £2,500 at the Bestival music festival in Dorset in 2017.
He was slapped with a community order for 200 hours unpaid work on October 19 after pleading guilty four charges of possession with intent to supply cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and cannabis on September 18.
When approached for a comment following revelations about the correspondence she sent to judges, she spat a torrent of abuse at the reporter, and said she “should have smashed your face in” with a baseball bat.
After throwing a bucket of water at him, she called the police.
Calls are now been made for Miss Osamor to disclose what she knew about her son’s arrest and the court proceedings that followed.
Priti Patel last night demanded that the parliamentary standards commissioner launch an inquiry into her actions and the continued employment of her son.
Ms Patel said: “Serious questions must be asked about whether she has misled the public in her account so far of what she knew and when she knew it.”
Ishmael works full time and lives with his mother in their £700,000 house in Turnpike Lane, London.