The mother of a Labour MP who resigned from the Shadow Cabinet after lying over her son’s drugs conviction was sworn in as a peer yesterday.
Martha Osamor, 78, was handed the peerage by her friend Jeremy Corbyn.
Now Baroness Osamor, who was barred from standing for Labour in the 1980s because of her hard-Left views, can claim a tax-free daily attendance allowance of £305 – which averages at £22,000 per member a year.
Mr Corbyn’s decision in May to elevate her was controversial because the new peer, mother of MP Kate Osamor, had signed a letter of protest over the suspensions of party members for alleged anti-Semitism. Gideon Falter, of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, described her appointment as a ‘two-fingered salute’ to the Jewish community.
Baroness Osamor wore ermine as she was introduced to the Upper House in a short ceremony yesterday. She chose not to pose for an official photograph – peers can opt to take this ‘no publicity’ option when being sworn in.
Earlier this week, her daughter resigned as Labour’s international development spokesman over lies she told about her involvement in her son Ishmael’s court case for drugs offences.
Miss Osamor was further accused of wasting police time by calling 999 twice when reporters attempted to question her. She had allegedly told a reporter she should have ‘smashed his face in’ with a bat.