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MP Claudia Webbe loses appeal over conviction for harassing love rival

MP Claudia Webbe has lost an appeal towards her conviction for harassing a girl who was having an affair along with her boyfriend – together with threatening her with acid.

The 57-year-old, who represents her Leicester East constituency as an impartial after being expelled from the Labour Party, focused Michelle Merritt, 59, between September 2018 and April 2020.

Prosecutors mentioned the 18-month harassment marketing campaign was pushed by “obsession” and “jealousy” over her boyfriend Lester Thomas’s relationship with govt assistant Ms Merritt.

The sufferer instructed Southwark Crown Court how Webbe despatched her a message studying “You’re a slag and should be acid,” and threatened to disclose bare pictures to her household in a string of telephone calls.

Webbe, a former adviser to the National Police Chiefs’ Council on firearms, was discovered responsible of harassment by chief Justice of the Peace Paul Goldspring and handed a 10-week suspended jail sentence following a trial at Westminster magistrates’ courtroom final year.

Now, following a listening to at Southwark Crown Court, she has been once more discovered responsible by Judge Deborah Taylor and two magistrates.

The MP, who was elected in 2019, appealed towards her harassment conviction and 10-week suspended jail sentence.

The courtroom heard Ms Merritt’s telephone revealed sexual messages between her and Mr Thomas, a advisor at Crossrail, soccer coach, and scout for Chelsea.

Webbe mentioned she break up up with Mr Thomas in March this year after studying of the messages.

“I had no idea about the relationship between Michelle Merritt and Lester Thomas, that this relationship had been going on throughout the entire time of my relationship with Lester,” she mentioned.

Giving proof from behind a display, Ms Merritt admitted having intercourse with Mr Thomas, whom she described as a “narcissist who likes attention”, between March 2017 and July 2020.

In one telephone name recorded by Ms Merritt, Webbe was heard saying: “I have seen all of your naked pictures. Get out of my relationship otherwise I will tell your whole family and show them all of your pictures.”

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