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Enfield Gazette: New MP speaks up for Edmonton


The borough’s newest MP last week told her peers that she is "most honoured and proud" to be the first woman representative for her constituency.

Delivering her maiden speech in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Edmonton Kate Osamor paid tribute to the long line of men who had preceded her in representing the constituency and added: "I have broken that tradition (of men serving as the area’s MP) as the first woman to represent Edmonton.

 "I feel most honoured and proud of the responsibility bestowed upon me."

 As well as telling fellow MPs about the established history of her constituency, with its listed buildings and conservation areas, including Fore Street, she told her colleagues of the challenges facing her constituents after the industry that once employed thousands of locals was stripped away in the later part of the 20th century.

 She said: "Much of the industry for which Edmonton was famous – furniture making, electrical goods and electronics – has disappeared or moved to greenfield sites. We do not have one dominant employer to bring an end to adult worklessness in Edmonton, but despite the lack of low-skilled jobs on offer, Edmonton has a growing entrepreneurial spirit."

 She also said that the area had undergone dramatic social changes in the last few decades.

"Since the 1960s, Edmonton has been transformed from a predominantly white, working-class industrial suburb into a multicultural area through Commonwealth immigration, asylum seekers and the expansion of the European Union in May 2004," she said.

Ms Osamor was elected in May with 61.4 per cent share of the vote. She is not only the first woman to represent the constituency, but also the first person from an ethnic minority elected to the safe Labour seat.

 She joins a total of 41 MPs of black or ethnic minority origin in the Commons.


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