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
- Ms. Webbe made a statement saying she was "innocent of any wrongdoing".
- The 55-year-old MP will appear in Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 11th
- She has represented her constituency since her election in December 2019
Claudia Webbe, Labor MP for Leicester East, is pictured in London last November
Labor MP Claudia Webbe said she was "innocent of any wrongdoing" after being accused today 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.
In a statement, Ms. Webbe said, “I am innocent of any wrongdoing and look forward to proving it in court.
"I will vigorously defend myself against these claims."
The 55-year-old Leicester-born politician has represented her constituency since she was elected in December 2019.
Webbe was charged after the Metropolitan Police handed over evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, but no further details are known about the alleged crime.
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.
The CPS made the decision after receiving a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police.
Claudia Webbe, MP for Leicester East, is pictured with former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn
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 was elected in December last year with a majority of 6,019 or 12.2 percent. Keith Vaz had preceded her on the pitch.