Kate Osamor is Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and the Labour MP for Edmonton constituency.
After leaving UEL with a BA degree in Third World Studies, Kate worked for the Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people. She later worked for 15 years in the NHS. In 2014 Kate was elected as a member of the National Executive Committee for the Labour Party and in 2015 as MP for Edmonton.
Kate was appointed PPS to Jeremy Corbyn MP, September 2015. She was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities in January 2016 and has been Shadow Secretary of State for International Development since June 2016. Kate is also chair of the All-Parliamentary Group on Nigeria.
She was re-elected in the 2017 General elections, with a majority of 21,115 (up from 15,419 in 2015).
Since being elected, Kate has consistently used her voice as an MP to speak out for the most vulnerable in society; highlighting the impact policies will have on BAME communities, arguing for much fuller representation of Black and Ethnic Minority communities in political bodies, and campaigning on social justice issues, championing for example Women for Refugee Women’s ‘Set Her Free’ campaign on the detention of women who seek asylum in the UK.
As Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Kate has argued that the UK has a crucial role to play in building a world for the many, not the few. Kate has committed a future Labour government to setting a twin goal for all international development spending – not just reducing poverty but also, for the first time, reducing inequality and making the world fairer.