Claudia Webbe Watch

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Labour MP Claudia Webbe has been charged with harassing a woman.
Ms Webbe, who represents Leicester East, is accused of one count of harassment between September 2018 and April this year.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the 55-year-old MP is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 11 November.
Ms Webbe has said she is "innocent of any wrongdoing" and that she will "vigorously" defend herself in court.
Labour has suspended Ms Webbe from the party and the party whip following the harassment charge, the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg understands.
A Labour Party spokesperson said: "It would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing case."
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."
Ms Webbe was elected as an MP in December's general election, taking over the seat previously held by Keith Vaz.
She remains a councillor in Islington, north London, since 2010, and was also a member of Labour's National Executive Committee.
Earlier in her career she acted as an adviser to Ken Livingstone when he was Mayor of London.
How can she be a councillor in Islington and a Leicester MP? One or t’other will be neglected.


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How can she be a councillor in Islington and a Leicester MP? One or t’other will be neglected.
Double hatting = double bubble!
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How can she be a councillor in Islington and a Leicester MP? One or t’other will be neglected.

By being a friend of Jeremy, who imposed her on the Leicester East constituency. The locals were not happy and the majority went down quite notably.

She was, I believe, planning to resign as a councillor earlier this year, timing it so that her replacement could be elected at the local elections (postponed thanks to a pangolin in China with a bit of a tight chest, of course). In fairness, that makes sense, saving the council on the cost of running a by-election in January rather than lumping the election in with those which were going to happen in May.

That said, there was some local controversy, I believe, over whether or not she would continue to claim council allowances, even though the chances of her being to fulfil her duties to the full were somewhat reduced.

There is, of course, a precedent for this sort of double-hatting: Boris was the Mayor and MP for Uxbridge for a short period of time, as it was far more sensible for him to stay on for a few months until the mayoral election (I have no idea whether he claimed two salaries before anyone asks) and Ian Paisley was one of a number of MPs who also served as an MEP before the EU banned the practice of being a legislator in both your own country and the European parliament.
Postal voting, juju, and " Ah am a Preeencess".

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