Suspended Labour MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassing woman

The conviction at Westminster Magistrates’ Court means a by-election could be on the cards in Leicester East

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Suspended Labour MP Claudia Webbe has been found guilty of harassing a woman.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the 56-year-old made a string of calls to 59-year-old Michelle Merritt between September 1 2018 and April 26 last year because she was jealous of her friendship with her boyfriend, Lester Thomas.

Webbe was found guilty of harassment by Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring following a trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and now a by-election could be on the cards in her constituency of Leicester East.

During one of the calls, it was said Webbe called Ms Merritt “a slag”, threatened her with acid and said she would send naked pictures and videos to her daughters.

In another call, recorded by the complainant, Webbe, who sits in the Commons as an independent after being suspended from Labour by Keir Starmer, is heard telling Ms Merritt to “get out of my relationship” some 11 times.

Ms Webbe entered the Commons in the December general election, winning the Leicester East seat formerly held by Keith Vaz, the Labour veteran who retired from Parliament in the wake of a scandal.

Ms Webbe who is also a councillor in Islington, north London, was a member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee.

Before becoming an MP she was a political adviser to then-London mayor Ken Livingstone.

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