28 September 2020 16:40
Have the top stories straight to your inbox for free - once a day, every day Yes please! Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A Leicester MP is due to appear in court. Leicester East's Claudia Webbe has been charged with harassment, says the CPS. The 55-year-old Labour MP, who replaced Keith Vaz on the 2019 General Election ballot paper, was charged after a file of evidence was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by the Metropolitan Police. Ms Webbe is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 11 to face one count of harassment between September 1 2018 and April 26 2020.
Jenny Hopkins, from the CPS, said: "The CPS has today decided that Claudia Webbe, MP for Leicester East, should be charged with an offence of harassment against one female. "The CPS made the decision after receiving a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police. "Criminal proceedings against Ms Webbe are now active and she has the right to a fair trial. "It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings." In a statement, Labour MP Claudia Webbe said: "I am innocent of any wrongdoing and look forward to proving this in court. "I will be vigorously defending myself against these claims."