Corbynite Labour MP Kate Osamor, who asked a series of parliamentary questions on behalf of residential freehold fund Long Harbour, has barred a prominent leasehold activist from her Twitter feed.
Baz Jafar, a doubling ground rent leaseholder, found he was blocked from his Edmonton MP’s official Twitter feed yesterday after raising the issue of the criminal conviction of her drug dealer son and press officer, Ishmael.
Disappointed 2 learn the son of my MP @KateOsamor has been convicted of drugs offence. Upper Edmonton suffers terribly due to the drugs trade with local kids going missing and being sucked into county lines dealing, and daily violence on our streets. https://t.co/QJdDI2XDDI
Mr Jafar has met Miss Osamor on several occasions to discuss leasehold scandal doubling ground rents at Silver Point, built by Countryside Properties plc.
The freehold was then sold on to Long Harbour’s Adriatic Land 4 Limited, based in Guernsey, where the beneficial ownership is hidden behind nominee directors of the Sanne Group.
In spite of the efforts of Mr Jafar and many other constituents – and Miss Osamor’s apparent sympathy – Mr Jafar claims the MP has never raised leaseholders’ concerns in Parliament.
She did, however, respond to an lobbying initiative by Long Harbour, a £1.6 billion fund set up by Will Astor, heir to the viscountcy and half-brother to Samantha Cameron, the wife of the former Conservative prime minister.
Days after a meeting orchestrated by professional lobbyists Pagefield, perhaps assisted by Mr Astor’s PR outfit Crosby Textor, Miss Osamor asked a number of parliamentary questions in September.
Mr Jafar told LKP:
“It is not only me she has blocked, she has also blocked journalists raising the issue of her son’s criminal conviction.
Leaving aside that she needs to get her house in order.
We have met her several times, but the only time she raised leasehold in Parliament it was on the part of our freehold owning who is holding us all ransom. We just are not impressed.”
Miss Osamor, who is the shadow cabinet overseas aid spokesman, employed her son as a press officer on a salary on £30-40,000.
It is unclear whether he is still employed in that role. Ishmael Osamor has stood down as a Haringay councillor.
Ishmael Osamor, 29, (pictured) was caught with ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine, and cannabis worth £2,500 at Dorset’s Bestival music festival in September last year.
Miss Osamor’s questions included asking James Brokenshire, Communities Secretary, if he had considered the “potential effect on the viability of the leasehold sector” of regulating ground rents or removing the costs altogether, as well as about the “implications” for the building of affordable homes and “the level of house building in each region”. The questions appeared to be an effort to gauge the degree of research undertaken by civil servants into the effects of “setting ground rent to as low as zero”, as the government is pledged to do.
In fact, the government has back-peddled on the crucial issue of setting ground rents to no monetary value in favour of a “nominal” £10 a year. It also gave the green light to continued ground rents – which are for no defined service whatsoever – in retirement housing.
£10pa ground rents maintain a legally enforceable legitimate income stream in residential freeholds – there are plenty of more lucrative dubious ones – and undermine any prospect of leasehold’s replacement with commonhold.