MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassment after trial

A current MP has been found guilty today of harassment of her partner’s female friend.

Claudia Webbe, 56, who has been suspended from Labour and sits as an independent MP, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates heard that she 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.

During one, she called Ms Merritt ‘a slag’, threatened her with acid and said she would send naked pictures and videos to her daughters, the court was told.

In another call, recorded by the complainant, Webbe is heard telling Ms Merritt to ‘get out of my relationship’ some 11 times.

Webbe, from Islington, north London, denied harassment and giving evidence today claimed she only made ‘courtesy calls’ to warn Ms Merritt not to breach coronavirus regulations by meeting Mr Thomas.

‘We were in a national lockdown and so I asked her not to break lockdown with Lester,’ she said.

‘She was committing a crime, I was pointing this out. I’m the victim.’

Webbe, who entered the Commons in December 2019 after winning the seat formerly held by Labour veteran Keith Vaz, was living with Mr Thomas, a consultant at Crossrail, football coach, and scout for Chelsea, at the time of the allegations.

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