Kate Osamor

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Kate Osamor
Official portrait of Kate Osamor crop 2.jpg
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Assumed office
27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Diane Abbott
Member of Parliament
for Edmonton
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Andy Love
Majority 21,115 (48.4%)
Personal details
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of East London
Website Official website

Kate Ofunne Osamor[1] is a British Labour Co-operative politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Edmonton since May 2015.[2] In June 2016, She was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

Early life and career[edit]

Osamor was born to Nigerian parents in 1968 and grew up in Haringey, north London.[3] Her mother Martha Osamor (née Oburotha), who came to Britain when she was young,[4] is a political activist and was a member of the Labour Party Black Sections in the 1980s[5] she had attempted to be selected as Labour candidate for the Vauxhall by-election but was not shortlisted by the National Executive Committee.

Osamor was educated at Creighton Comprehensive School and read Third World Studies at the University of East London.[6] After graduating, she worked for The Big Issue, a magazine sold by the homeless.[6] She then worked for 15 years in the NHS, and was a GP practice manager before becoming an MP.[5]

Political career[edit]

Osamor is a Labour Party member, community and trade union activist, and a trustee on a women's charity based in Edmonton Green.[7] In 2014, she was elected a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.[6]

In the 2015 General Election, Osamor was selected as the candidate for Edmonton following the retirement of its Labour MP Andy Love.[8] Osamor retained the seat for her party with 25,388 votes, increasing Labour's majority from 9,613 to 15,419.[9]

Osamor was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015.[10]

On 14 January 2016, she was appointed by Corbyn to the Official Opposition frontbench as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, joining Cat Smith and Kate Green in the same role.[11]

On 27 June 2016, after the resignations of dozens of Labour's ministerial team because of disquiet over Corbyn's leadership, Osamor was moved to the position of Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.[12]

In May 2018, it emerged that Osamor's victory address in the previous year's general election appeared to have plagiarised large sections of Barack Obama's 2008 victory address in his home town of Chicago. According to Osamor's spokesperson, she "deliberately invoked a victory speech so famous that she thought it needed no introduction."[13]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9116.
  2. ^ "Edmonton parliamentary constituency – Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert, eds. (18 May 2015). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2015. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 9781849549240.
  4. ^ Segalov, Michael (23 January 2016). "Labour MP Kate Osamor On Women, Race And Politics". Refinery29. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b Cowburn, Ashley (12 March 2015). "'Who is this black woman?': Kate Osamor on her path to parliament". New Statesman. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "About – Kate Osamor". Kate Osamor. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Kate Osamor". Labour.
  8. ^ Peat, Charlie (23 February 2015). "Edmonton Labour candidate Kate Osamor – "It's a huge honour to be selected"". Enfield Independent. Newsquest. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ Randle, Adeola (9 October 2015). "Nigerian Kate Osamor (MP) Appointed Parliamentary Secretary For Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (MP)". The Reflector.
  10. ^ "Who nominated who for the 2015 Labour leadership election?". New Statesman. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  11. ^ Casalicchio, Emilio (14 January 2016). "New Labour appointments as Corbyn reshuffle enters eleventh day". PoliticsHome. Dod's Parliamentary Communications. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  12. ^ Asthana, Anushka; Elgot, Jessica; Stewart, Heather (27 June 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn preparing for leadership contest". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  13. ^ Lizzy Buchan Political Correspondent. "Labour frontbencher ridiculed for copying Barack Obama's acceptance speech". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-05-25.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andy Love
Member of Parliament
for Edmonton

Political offices
Preceded by
Diane Abbott
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development