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Labor MP Claudia Webb was found guilty of harassment.

Claudia Webb, a 56-year-old Leicester East MP, was found guilty of harassing her colleague Lester Thomas’ girlfriend on Wednesday.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that she had made threatening calls to 59-year-old Michelle Merritt between September 1, 2018 and April 26 last year because she was jealous of her friendship with her boyfriend.

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.

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

In March 2019, Webb spoke to his victim, threatening to use acid against him, and threatening to share nude photos and videos of the victim. There is no suggestion that the photos were real.

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.

Lisa Rose, Special Prosecutor of the CPS Special Crimes Division, said: “Claudia Webb’s persistent disturbing behavior has caused her victim a great deal of distress and alarm, which has made her 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. ”

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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