Newly-elected Labor MP Claudia Webbe claims she is "innocent of any wrongdoing" and vows to defend herself "vigorously" after being accused of molesting a woman for nearly two years
- Leicester East Labor MP Claudia Webbe is accused of molesting a woman
- She is charged with crimes between September 2018 and April 2020
- The 55-year-old MP made a statement saying she was "innocent of any wrongdoing".
- The politician will appear before the Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 11th
Claudia Webbe, Labor MP for Leicester East, is pictured in London last November
Labor MP Claudia Webbe insisted today that she was “innocent of any wrongdoing” after being accused of molesting a woman for nearly two years.
The MP for Leicester East, charged with committing the offense between September 2018 and April 26 of this year, will appear in Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 11th.
But Webbe said today: “I am innocent of any wrongdoing and look forward to proving it in court. I will vigorously defend myself against these claims. & # 39;
The 55-year-old Leicester-born politician has represented her constituency since she was elected in December 2019.
Webbe was charged after city police forwarded a file of evidence to prosecutors.
The force did not disclose details of the alleged victim, but said the allegation was made on April 25 this year and related to an alleged crime in London.
Jenny Hopkins of the CPS said: & # 39; The CPS ruled today that Claudia Webbe, MP from Leicester East, should be charged with molesting a woman.
Claudia Webbe, MP for Leicester East, is pictured with former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn
The CPS made the decision after receiving a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police. The criminal case against Ms. Webbe is now active and she has the right to a fair trial.
"It is extremely important that there is no reporting, commenting, or disclosure of information online that would interfere with these procedures in any way."
Webbe made headlines in July when she tossed her cell phone on the floor of the House of Commons in frustration after it started ringing while she was talking.
The graduate of the University of De Montfort entered the Commons after the parliamentary elections in December, winning the seat that Keith Vaz previously held.
Work veteran Vaz retired from Parliament following a scandal after receiving a six-month suspension from Commons for "causing significant damage" to the House's reputation.
This came after the standards committee found that he was willing to buy cocaine for others during an encounter with male sex workers.
Webbe won the constituency by a majority over the Conservatives of 6,019 versus Mr Vaz's majority of 22,428 in 2017.
She is on the left side of the party and has loudly supported former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Prior to Leicester, she was a councilor in Islington, north London, between 2010 and 2018, and a member of the ruling Labor National Executive Committee.
Early in her career, she was political advisor to then-London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Labor has yet to comment on whether the party will suspend Webbe's whip after the CPS announcement.