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Kate Osamor to fight Edmonton seat at general election

MEET THE CANDIDATE: Kate Osamor (pic: Peray Ahmet/Twitter)

A TRADE unionist whose mother was a key player in Labour's Black Sections has been named the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PCC) for Edmonton.

The north London seat is currently held by outgoing MP Andy Love who previously revealed plans to stand down at the next General Election.

Today it was confirmed that Kate Osamor, a GP practice manager, would contest the seat for the Labour Party.

If she wins, she will join a small group of black women in parliament including Diane Abbott, Chi Onwurah and Helen Grant.

It was fitting that Abbott, the first black women to ever be elected as an MP, was among the first to congratulate her Labour colleague and friend, calling the development "great news" on her Twitter feed.

Dawn Butler, who lost her seat in 2010, is also campaigning to re-enter parliament as the PCC for Brent Central.

Osamor's success follows a rigorous selection process of more than 100 hopefuls including shortlisted candidates Kate Anolue and Ayfer Orhan, who are both Enfield councillors.

Some of the bigwigs who did not even make the shortlist include Enfield Council leader, Doug Taylor, and Joanne McCartney, the London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey.

Osamor, who was tipped as a frontrunner, is the daughter of Martha Osamor, a former Haringey councillor and community leader on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham. Osamor Sr was also vice-chair of the party's Black section.

She 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.

Following her daughter's victory, GLA member Jennette Arnold tweeted: "Congrats to @KateOsamor on being selected as the next MP [for] Edmonton ...her mother was blocked so great news for justice and equality."

She added: "You will be a brilliant MP and I know Martha will be so proud."

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