Disgraced MP Claudia Webbe spared jail for threatening to throw acid at ex’s pal
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Jealous Labour MP Claudia Webbe has been handed a suspended 10-week jail sentence and 200 hours’ community service after being found guilty of a campaign of harassment against her ex-boyfriend's mate.
Webbe, 56, told Michelle Merritt she would "use acid" against Ms Merritt, share naked pics with her family and branded her a "slag" during a reign of abuse.
The Leicester East MP, who was only voted in at the last General Election in December 2019, was sentenced today at Westminster Magistrates Court after being convicted last month.
Webbe made the sickening threats against Ms Merritt, 59, in a string of phone calls between September 2018 and April 2019.
She was jealous of Michelle's friendship with her partner Lester Thomas, warning her victim repeatedly to "get out of my relationship" or face consequences.
Webbe denied the charge and instead argued these conversations were "courtesy calls" advising Ms Merritt not to break Covid regulations by meeting beau Lester.
Ex-party leader Jeremy Corbyn, ex-shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell were among those providing character statements in favour of Webbe.
Yet Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring found the MP guilty after judging her to be dishonest.
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Mr Goldspring said: "I do not find the defendant to be cogent, compelling and truthful in all aspects of her evidence.
"Some of the things she said I believe were made up on the spur of the moment.
"In short, I find Ms Webbe to be vague, incoherent and at times illogical and ultimately I find her to be untruthful."
The Labour party argued Webbe to step down and be replaced as Leicester East MP, but she insisted on staying in the role.
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Webbe said after her conviction: "While I’m preparing for the appeal I want to assure the people of Leicester East that I will continue to stand up for them in parliament, fighting on their behalf."
She was released on unconditional bail after her conviction on October 13, returning to Westminster Magistrates Court for sentencing on Thursday morning (November 4).
Webbe was suspended by the Labour party after being charged with harassment in September 2020.
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She entered parliament in December 2019, replacing disgraced ex-MP Keith Vaz as the member for Leicester East.
Mr Vaz stood down after being suspended from the House of Commons.
He was caught promising to provide cocaine for male prostitutes under the false identity of "Jim", a washing machine salesman.
In September 2021, Vaz was also recommended to never be given a parliamentary pass again after being found guilty of bullying and harassment by an independent parliamentary panel.
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All MPs sentenced to jail terms of a year or more automatically lose their seat in parliament.
Alternatively, constituents can vote to sack their MP if 10% or more sign a recall petition.
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