As Skwawkbox reported earlier this afternoon, the horrific smearing of MP Claudia Webbe by the so-called ‘mainstream’ media has continued today with a claim by the Daily Mail, among others, that Webbe had lost her appeal against an ‘acid threat on love rival’.
Claudia Webbe was never at any point convicted of an acid threat, as the suspended sentence imposed by the magistrate who originally convicted her made clear, nor was any evidence ever presented showing that she had.
And today, the appeal judge – who upheld the conviction despite concluding that Webbe’s accuser had lied repeatedly – explicitly rejected any suggestion that Webbe had ever made such a threat. Yet in reporting on the judge’s conclusion, the right-wing rag reported that Webbe had been found guilty of it.
And hours later, while the original article has been amended to a form that still repeats the allegation while not quite making clear that it was rejected in court, at the time of writing the appalling original tweet of the link is still in the rag’s Twitter feed:
In contrast to the emphasis of the reporting of the right-wing and supposedly ‘centrist’ media, the judge found Webbe’s accuser to have repeatedly lied – and that Webbe had faced such stress at the time in an abusive relationship that she reduced Webbe’s sentence and ordered most of the compensation she had been forced to pay to Michelle Merritt to be returned to her – and rejected the prosecution’s application for costs to be awarded against the MP.
As a result of the media’s shameless acid smears and Labour’s collusion in the smears during the original trial, Webbe suffered appalling racist abuse and was targeted for murder by men in two separate cases.
Keir Starmer’s Labour, meanwhile, compounded its appalling treatment of Webbe before the conviction and appeal by repeating that it will try to remove her as an MP and force a by-election. The party continues to allow its campaigns in Leicester, where Ms Webbe now sits as an independent MP, by the disgraced Keith Vaz, who as an MP offered to procure drugs for male prostitutes and was found guilty of sustained bullying, while locals have complained that women and Muslims are being excluded from selections.
The Mail has not yet responded to a request for comment on whether it will publicly apologise.
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