Ali Harbi Ali’s web searches included Claudia Webbe, the MP smeared by ‘mainstream’ media and cynically cut loose by Labour
Last year, Skwawkbox exposed and condemned the widespread and provocative misreporting of the case against then-Labour MP Claudia Webbe, with both the media and the Labour party luridly rewriting the facts of a prosecution case that had only a single minor count – and presented no evidence for that one, beyond the say-so of the alleged victim and a phone call that was supposed to demonstrate harassment but was placed by the alleged victim and not by Webbe.
Webbe is appealing her conviction on a single count of harassment. The adjudication of the appeal was suddenly delayed by the judge earlier this month, with a publicly-given reason for the delay merely stating ‘case management’.
Labour continued its incitement against Ms Webbe by cutting her loose as soon as the initial verdict was announced, despite knowing that she was making an appeal.
Then, late last year, Skwawkbox exclusively revealed that a British man arrested in Ireland over a plot to murder an MP had in fact planned to kill Claudia Webbe. The almost non-existent ‘mainstream’ reporting of the arrest left out the identity of the planned victim, presumably to avoid scrutiny of the media’s role in inciting murder.
And now a second man apparently targeted Webb for murder, according to evidence presented at the trial of the man accused of murdering Conservative MP David Amess.
The court has heard that Ali Harbi Ali searched for details of other MPs apart from Amess – and that this research for potential victims included Claudia Webbe:
The Labour party has at no point offered any support or protection to Ms Webbe, before or after the verdict. The party behaved in the same way in the collapsed prosecution of Asian MP Apsana Begum, which had been coordinated by a Labour-controlled council at the instigation of her allegedly abusive ex-partner. The party planned to do the same in the case of Ms Begum, disavowing her and calling for a by-election as soon as the guilty verdict they were counting on was announced. Disappointed party officials skulked away quietly after she was acquitted. Keir Starmer did not even congratulate her on the verdict.
Similarly, left MP Zarah Sultana received no support or message of solidarity from the party leadership when she was the target of vile racist abuse and atrocious conduct toward Labour’s first Black woman MP Diane Abbott and her Black female colleague Dawn Butler has gone uncondemned and unpunished, with one perpetrator not just avoiding the sack from Starmer’s front bench but recently promoted.
The Labour right has been rightly condemned for its rampant anti-Black racism and Islamophobia. It has a particular problem with left-wing women of colour and a pattern of enabling and fostering abuse toward them. In the case of Claudia Webbe, it appears to have helped to incite two would-be murderers against Claudia Webbe – and one of them went on to kill another MP.
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