Tweet remains online five hours later
Leicester East constituency Labour party (CLP) has been accused of prejudicing the case involving their MP Claudia Webbe by tweeting negatively about her soon after the news broke of a charge of harassment against her.
The CLP’s Twitter account posted a comment expressing its ‘shock’ and promising to support ‘any action taken by the National Party’ – and included the seemingly-irrelevant fact that the CLP chair didn’t like Webbe remaining an Islington councillor:
They were quickly taken to task and reminded of the Crown Prosecution Service’s admonition to respect Claudia Webbe’s right to a fair trial and not to prejudice the case:
Others joined in to point out that local members in the constituency allegedly refused to campaign for Webbe during her successful election campaign in December – and that they seemed to have been unperturbed by the behaviour of the disgraced previous MP:
The SKWAWKBOX understands that the CPS is now aware of the CLP’s comments. The account was contacted for comment but did not respond and the tweet remains online at the time of publication, almost five hours after it was posted.
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