Former Labour MP Claudia Webbe found guilty of harassment after acid threat to partner's friend

ITV News Central filmed the Leicester East MP leaving court after she was found guilty of harassing her partner's friend 

An MP who threatened to use acid against her partner’s female friend and reveal naked photographs of her has been found guilty of harassment.

Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe, 56, who sits in the Commons as an independent after being suspended by the Labour Party, also said she would send naked pictures of 59-year-old Michelle Merritt to her family.

Webbe made a string of calls to Ms Merritt between September 1st 2018 and April 26th last year.

During one, she threatened her with acid and said she would send naked pictures and videos to her daughters, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

In another call, recorded by the complainant, Webbe is heard telling the victim to “get out of my relationship” some 11 times.

Webbe said in a statement that she was deeply shocked by the verdict Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Prosecutor Susannah Stevens said Webbe harassed Ms Merritt because she was jealous of her friendship with Mr Thomas, a consultant at Crossrail, football coach and scout for Chelsea.

Webbe, from Islington, north London, denied harassment, claiming she only made “courtesy calls” to warn Ms Merritt not to breach coronavirus regulations by meeting Mr Thomas.

Paul Hynes QC, defending, read out a string of character references from figures including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, ex-shadow chancellor John McDonnell and former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

But Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring found her guilty on Wednesday following a two-day trial.

“I find she was jealous of the relationship between Lester and Michelle, whatever the nature of that relationship, she certainly thought it was something she was not happy with,” he said.

He adjourned sentencing to November 4 and released Webbe on unconditional bail but warned her she could face prison.