Labour right-winger Neil Coyle far worse, but Webbe being stitched up in favour of Blairite Liam Byrne
Left MP Claudia Webbe continues to be the target of the vile right, both in and out of the Labour party. Labour cut Ms Webbe loose the instant she was convicted, in a non-jury trial, of a single count of harassment on what appears to be the flimsiest evidence – a conviction she is appealing – and Keir Starmer did not even put out a brief statement to support her or condemn the plotter when a man was arrested on suspicion of planning to murder her.
The media has also targeted Webbe, misrepresenting the case and charge against her – and not even mentioning that she was the target of the murderous plot in the small amount of coverage they have given to the case, lest their role in inciting hate against her be examined too closely.
And now the hard right Guido Fawkes site has smeared the MP in an attempt to have her removed from a parliamentary committee.
Fawkes has claimed that her attendance is the worst of any MP on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (FASC), calling for FASC chair Tom Tugendhat to remove her:
The right-wing rag based its claim on an article by the Tory Spectator site – but both use the ‘2019-2021’ attendance record, when Webbe only joined the committee in May 2020, months after most other members.
In fact, the relevant figures paint a very different picture. Far from being the worst attender, the new figures show that Ms Webbe – in spite of no doubt huge pressures on her time caused by the trial and subsequent appeal – is in the middle range:
In fact, the worst attendance record by far belongs to the much-disliked Labour right-winger Neil Coyle – who started on the committee at the same time – while Tory MP Alicia Kearns has also attended fewer meetings, two other MPs have the same record as Ms Webbe and another right-wing Labour MP, Chris Bryant, and Tory Andrew Rosindell have only attended one more meeting.
But a vote is being held nonetheless on Claudia Webbe’s continued membership of the committee. There is no reason independent MPs can’t site on select committees, but Skwawkbox understands the Labour right wants arch-Blairite Liam Byrne to sit on FASC instead.
It appears there is some kind of backroom deal being done between Labour and the Tories to remove the only black woman from the key foreign affairs committee in favour of a white male.
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