MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassment

, MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassment, The Evepost BBC News
, MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassment, The Evepost BBC News

Claudia Webbe, the former Labour MP, has been convicted of harrassment after threatening a woman with acid and telling her she would send naked pictures of her to her daughters.

The politician, who now sits as an independent MP for Leicester East, was accused of conducting a campaign of harassment against Michelle Merritt after becoming obsessively jealous of her relationship with her boyfriend, the Chelsea Football Club scout, Lester Thomas.

She was found guilty of one count of harassment following a trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Webbe said she was “deeply shocked” by the verdict and her lawyers said they intended to appeal.

, MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassment, The Evepost BBC News

Lisa Rose from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Claudia Webbe’s persistent nuisance behaviour caused considerable distress and alarm to her victim who became genuinely concerned for her safety.

“Webbe told police she did not appreciate the calls were unwanted or causing distress. However the prosecution case was that the police had issued her with a clear warning about her conduct.

“No-one should have to endure this sort of harassment. We are determined to bring perpetrators to justice and help protect victims.”