|Kate Osamor and her son Ishmael|
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The standards commissioner didn't find against Osamor for lying about her knowledge or the character reference itself, but said she was wrong to type it on official Commons headed paper. Rules state that parliamentary stationery is "provided only for the performance of a member’s parliamentary functions". Ironically Osamor had maintained that the Ishmael's drugs conviction "was and remains a private family matter". The judge disagreed, as did journalists, leading to her second breach of parliamentary standards.
The standards commissioner found that her behaviour breached MPs' code of conduct and recommended that she issue a written apology to the House.
Osamor resigned from Labour's front bench in December 2018 over the episode.