Claudia Webbe was elected as the Labour MP for Leicester East in 2019, winning with a majority of 6,019 over the Conservative Party.
Leicester East is the most deprived of the three Leicester constituencies and was represented by the Labour MP, Keith Vaz between 1987 and 2019. One of the most ethnically diverse constituencies in the UK, Leicester East is said to be home to 35,000 Hindu and 22,000 Muslim voters.
Webbe had the Labour whip removed in 2020 after being charged with harassment.
Webbe was subsequently found guilty of harassment in October 2021, following a trial at Westminster Magistrates Court. She was handed a 10-week custodial sentence sentence suspended for two years after threatening her partner’s friend with acid. She was also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
Webbe appealed the conviction but the verdict was upheld in May 2022.
The Labour Party has now indicated that it will push for a recall petition to force a by-election if Ms Webbe does quit the Commons voluntarily.
Born in 1965, Claudia Webbe studied social science at De Montfort University, Leicester, before taking a Masters’ degree in race and ethnic relations at the University of London.
Webbe previously served as an advisor to Ken Livingstone during his time as the Mayor of London.
An anti racism campaigner, Webb is the first British born Member of Parliament of African descent from the Caribbean Island of Nevis and a daughter of the Windrush generation.
Webbe was elected to Islington Council in 2010.
Webbe was considered to be on the hard left of the Labour Party and was a member of the Socialist campaign group of Labour MPs. A supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, she sat on the Labour’s governing National Executive Committee between 2016 and 2019.
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