MP Claudia Webbe given suspended sentence for harassing woman

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The MP Claudia Webbe has been sentenced to 10 weeks successful custody suspended for 2 years aft being recovered blameworthy of a run of harassment, including threatening an acerb attack, against a woman.

Webbe was recovered blameworthy of harassing Michelle Merritt, a person of her partner, with threatening telephone calls. A proceedings was told she had called Merritt a slag, threatened to “use acid” and said she would administer bare pictures of Merritt to her family.

The 56-year-old has besides been ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid enactment aft being recovered blameworthy of harassment.

The sentencing of Webbe, who was elected arsenic a Labour MP but present sits arsenic an independent, represents a melodramatic autumn from grace. In 2019, she was 1 of the astir almighty number taste figures successful UK politics, a cardinal adjutant to Jeremy Corbyn and the seat of the party’s disputes panel.

Webbe was elected with a bulk of 6,019 but had the whip withdrawn past twelvemonth aft she was charged. She is expected to entreaty against her condemnation for harassment.

But her condemnation astatine Thursday’s proceeding volition punctual an automatic callback petition successful Leicester East if her entreaty fails.

Both Labour and the Conservatives are preparing to conflict implicit the spot if Webbe fails to crook implicit the court’s decision.