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Claudia Webb was found guilty of harassing a Member of Parliament.

A former Labor MP has been found guilty of harassing her boyfriend’s girlfriend by threatening to use acid and expose her nude photos.

Claudia Webb, 56, who has been in an independent position since being suspended by the Labor Party, called Michelle Merritt, 59, between September 1, 2018 and April 26, 2018.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that at one point, he called Ms. Merritt “slag,” threatened her with acid and said she would send nude photos and videos to her daughters.

Prosecutor Susanna Stevens said Webb harassed Ms. Merritt because she was jealous of her friendship with Mr. Thomas, a cross-rail consultant, football coach and Chelsea scout.

Webb, from Islington, north London, denied the harassment, claiming that he had only made “thank you calls” to warn Ms Merritt of meeting Mr Thomas in violation of the corona virus rules. Don’t do

The lawsuit was filed against former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott.

But Chief Magistrate Paul Gold Spring found him guilty Wednesday after a two-day trial.

“I think she was jealous of the relationship between Lester and Michelle, whatever the nature of the relationship, she must have thought it was something she wasn’t happy about,” he said.

He adjourned the sentence until November 4 and released Webb on unconditional bail but warned he could face jail.

Following the verdict, Ms. Webby said she was “deeply shocked” by the outcome of the trial and would appeal.

He said: “I am innocent and will appeal against this decision. As I said in court and I repeat now, I have never threatened violence or harassed anyone.

Lisa Rose, Special Prosecutor in the CPS Special Crimes Division, said: “Claudia Webb’s persistent disturbing behavior caused a great deal of distress and alarm for her victim, who became genuinely concerned for her safety.

Webb told police he did not appreciate the calls being unwelcome or annoying. However, the prosecution’s case was that the police had issued a clear warning to him about his conduct.

No one should tolerate this kind of harassment. We are committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice and helping to protect the victims.

The trial heard the MP make several short, silent telephone calls from a blocked number before being hanged.

She continued despite police calls to stop, making at least 15 more calls after April 2019.

The victim made one last threatening call in April 2020 when Webb threatened to release nude photos again, forcing police to interview her.

Webb’s lawyer, Raj Chadha, head of criminal defense at social justice law firm Hedges Jones & Allen, added: “We will appeal against this unjust decision. The recording of Ms. Webb’s call was taken out of context. We are confident that Ms. Webb will be upheld on appeal.

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