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Kate Osamor’s mum 'happy' political past didn’t put her off

MUMMY'S GIRL: Edmonton MP Kate Osamor, right, with mum, Martha after her victory

VICTORY HAS been over two decades in the making for the women of the Osamor family after newly appointed Edmonton MP Kate Osamor was successful in securing a seat in the north London constituency 26 years after her mother was controversially stopped from doing the same.

Martha Osamor was famously selected by the local Vauxhall Labour party in Brixton, south London, for a by-election in 1989, only to be controversially removed by Neil Kinnock prompting a race row.

But Osamor Jr, a GP practice manager, had the last laugh after securing her seat miles away from where her mother, a former Haringey councillor and community leader on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, was denied the chance.

Osamor Snr, who was present at the Edmonton count in the early hours of this morning (May 8), was all smiles when her daughter lived the dream she had onced hoped would be her own.

Talking to The Voice, Osamor Snr said she was happy that her own experience in politics hadn’t put her daughter off.

“This is her story,” she said. “It’s also her history because she lived through that difficult time and it didn’t put her off. She’s in it and she knows that I’m there.”

In an interview with The Voice, Osamor Jr, a longstanding trade unionist said her victory would be a new chapter in her political career rather than one closed in her mother's book.

"Of course, as a mother she is very happy for me but she is also very mindful that this is my journey. Naturally, she has influenced me politically but this election is about me."

Speaking shortly after her victory, she added: "We are a supportive family and my mother and my son are here with me tonight."

Osamor also thanked Andy Love for his "incredible" support on the campaign trail.

"Andy Love has been incredible. Absolutely supportive. We have been campaigning together almost every day. He will always be a mentor to me and I feel more than happy to go to him for advice," Osamor added.

In her victory speech, Osamor vowed to fight for the NHS.

She said: "Tonight the people of Edmonton have given a clear message to David Cameron: keep your hands off our NHS. They have rejected the Tory Government that is only standing up for the privileged few."

She continued: "I have dedicated 15 years of my life in the NHS and I will be proud to dedicate my times as and MP with the same values. We need an NHS that is free at the point of use, GPs that are available when we need them. Private money to support but not to undermine... the people of Edmonton have voted not only for me but to save the NHS. I thank you."

Osamor is among a sizeable number of black politicians entering – and re-entering - the House of Commons.

Tottenham MP David Lammy, Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott, Stretham MP Chuka Umunna, Brent Central MP Dawn Butler and Norwich South MP Clive Lewis, were all victorious in their respective constituencies.

Lammy, who retained his seat with an increased majority, was one of the first to congratulate Osamor, calling her win “fantastic”.

He said: "Kate is really a wonderful daughter of the constituency of Tottenham. I've known her for fifteen years or more. She is going to be a fantastic member of parliament for Edmonton.

"I supported her in her quest for that constituency which was wonderfully served by Andy Love but I think in selecting Kate the Labour Party made the right decision and she will represent that seat over the coming years. I look forward to working very closely with her."

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