Shamed Labour MP ‘banned from Wikipedia for editing her own page’

Shamed Labour MP who ‘threatened a reporter with a bat’ and resigned from Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench is ‘banned from Wikipedia for repeatedly editing her own page’

  • Kate Osamor was reportedly banned from Wikipedia for editing her own page 
  • She was said to have removed a passage saying she plagiarised Barrack Obama
  • The Labour MP then reportedly threatened to sue the online encyclopaedia
  • Miss Osamor resigned from Labour’s front bench yesterday amid controversy
  • It was claimed she misled the public and threatened a journalist with a bat

Kate Osamor, who resigned from the Labour front bench yesterday, has reportedly been banned from Wikipedia

Kate Osamor has reportedly been banned from Wikipedia for repeatedly editing information on her own page and threatening to sue the website.

The senior Labour MP resigned from the Shadow Cabinet yesterday amid claims she threatened a journalist with a bat and misled the public over her son’s drug offences. 

She has now been blacklisted from the online encyclopaedia for altering a passage which said she plagiarised one of Barrack Obama’s speeches from 2008 – and subsequently threatening to sue the website if the passage returned, The Sun reported.

The Edmonton MP was said to have altered the page a number of times despite the website warning her to cease the ‘disruptive editing’. 

Miss Osamor reportedly told Wikipedia: ‘If I see it added again I will have no choice but to sue the editor and the platform that allowed it to be posted.’

She was said to have been banned for three days and subsequently ‘blocked indefinitely from editing for making legal threats or taking legal actions’.

The Wikipedia page for Kate Osamor currently has two notices at the top – the first of which reads: ‘This article is an autobiography or has been extensively edited by the subject or by someone connected to the subject. 

‘It may need editing to conform to Wikipedia’s neutral point of view policy. There may be relevant discussion on the talk page. (November 2018)’

The ‘talk’ page for Kate Osamor’s Wikipedia entry describes how two users – ‘Midnights1’ and ‘Kateosamor’ – have contributed to the article despite potentially being ‘personally or professionally connected to the subject’

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Kate Osamor (right) had voted for Jeremy Corbyn (left) to become Labour leader and was part of his shadow cabinet

The second warning says: ‘This article may have been created or edited in return for undisclosed payments, a violation of Wikipedia’s terms of use. 

‘It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia’s content policies.’

The page’s ‘talk’ section outlines how ‘Individuals with a conflict of interest, particularly those representing the subject of the article, are strongly advised not to directly edit the article’.  

It goes on to outline how two article contributors – with the user names ‘Midnights1’ and ‘Kateosamor’ – have altered the article, even though they ‘may be personally or professionally connected to the subject of the article’.

Wikipedia’s terms of use require that editors disclose their employer, client, and affiliation with respect to paid contributions.

The MP’s ‘talk’ page says: ‘Midnights1 (talk · contribs) has been paid by the House of Commons, Kate Osamor, the Labour Party, Momentum (organisation) on behalf of Kate Osamor. Their editing has included contributions to this article.’ 

Ishmael Osamor was previously sentenced to community service after being found with up to £2,500 worth of Class A and B drugs

Miss Osamor became the centre of a controversy recently when it was said she reacted angrily and lashed out at a reporter outside of her £700,000 North London home when a Times journalist asked for comment regarding her son’s employment in her office. 

Her son Ishamel, 29, had been found with drugs worth £2,500 at the Bestival music festival in Dorset in 2017 and was given a community sentence on October 19.

He worked full time in his mother’s office and lives with her in a £700,000 housing association property near Turnpike Lane in North London.

The Labour politician had defended keeping Ishmael in his £50,000-a-year job by claiming she had been unaware of his crimes at the time.

But it later emerged that she had in fact known, and had sent letters of correspondence to the judge requesting leniency.

When approached by reporters at her house, Miss Osamor, formerly Labour’s International Development spokesperson, told a journalist she ‘should have come down here with a bat and smashed your face in’, threw a bucket of water over him and called the police, according to reports.

Jeremy Corbyn accepted her resignation and paid tribute to her, saying: ‘She brought a new dimension to the role by committing Labour to tackling global inequality as well as poverty as part of building a world for the many not the few.

‘I know Kate will take this time to support her family, work for her constituents and support our party’s efforts to rebuild Britain from the backbenches.’  

Ishmael had pleaded guilty to four charges of possession with intent to supply cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and cannabis on September 18.

His case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports. The prosecution accepted he was looking after the drugs for friends and not selling.

On October 19 Judge Stephen Climie revealed that he had received five references that played a ‘significant’ part in determining Ishmael’s sentence of 200 hours of unpaid work.

The details emerged after a legal application was successfully made to the courts by The Times and other media outlets. 

Judge Climie identified three authors of the letters written to him, including Ishmael, his partner, and his mother.

The Labour Party had repeatedly claimed Miss Osamor, 50, did not know about the case until October 26. 

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