Black MP abandoned by party and targeted for violence wins right to appeal against magistrate’s verdict
Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe has won the right to appeal against her conviction by a magistrate’s court on a single charge of harassment. The appeal will take place between 9 and 11 March 2022 at Southwark Crown Court.
Ms Webbe has consistently maintained her innocence and her determination to clear her name and asked for the appeal to be heard as quickly as possible, saying that she will continue to serve the people of Leicester East and that this remains her focus and priority. The case has been persistently misrepresented by the UK’s so-called ‘mainstream’ media, which has exaggerated the nature of the conviction.
Webbe has been the subject of vile and racist abuse since the dispute with a woman friend of her fiancé hit the headlines. Last week, a 41-year-old British man was arrested by Irish police and charged in connection with death threats made against her.
Shamefully, despite knowing that she had appealed the verdict and the abuse that would ensue, the Labour party instantly cut her loose, expelling her from the party and beginning plans to try to unseat her in a manner reminiscent of what its eagerness to remove Asian MP Apsana Begum and the disappointment of right-wing staff when Begum was found innocent of the concocted charges against her.
Despite the death threats and her continuing role as an MP, Webbe has been offered no kind of protection.
Her lawyers have asked that Ms Webbe’s privacy is respected and that the legal process is allowed to take its course.
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