Islington councillor Claudia Webbe pleads not guilty to harassment

The Bunhill ward councillor and Leicester East MP appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday

Wednesday, 11th November 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Claudia Webbe_MP_credit David Woolfall

THE council’s former environment chief has pleaded not guilty to a harassment charge as she appeared in court today (Wednesday).

Cllr Claudia Webbe, who became a prominent figure in the borough as she held the environment and transport brief for several years, appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court at 2pm charged with one count of harassment.

The charges relate to “numerous unwanted telephone calls” and “threats on at least two occasions” against a claimant.

Reading out the Bunhill ward councillor’s charges, a court clerk said: “Between the 1st of September 2018 and the 26th April 2020, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, you pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of (the claimant) and which you knew, or ought to have known, amounted to the harassment of (the claimant) in that you made numerous unwanted telephone calls and made threats on at least two occasions.”

The case will next be heard at the same court on March 16.

Cllr Webbe was suspended from the Labour Party when the harassment charge was made public in September.

A by-election for the 55-year-old’s council seat is due to take place in May next year.

Cllr Webbe was first elected to the council in 2010.

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