Apsana Begum Found Not Guilty of Housing Fraud

Labour MP Apsana Begum has been found not guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of housing fraud. The BBC reports Begum “collapsed and wept in the dock after the verdicts were returned”

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In Full: McDonnell Defends Apsana Begum During Housing Fraud Trial

With Apsana Begum’s housing fraud trial still ongoing, John McDonnell made a guest star appearance this afternoon as a live defense witness. While it only lasted a few minutes, McDonnell gave the hard left MP a gushing character reference. Guido’s courtroom mole gives the rundown:

She came across as a very straightforward, sincere, committed person”

“[She is] honest, sincere, extremely caring, and she comes across always as wanting to do the right thing. She comes across as a very good person.”

McDonnell confesses he was hoping to take her on as a PPS had Labour won in 2019, saying he had confidence in her judgment, ability and dedication. Damning…

When asked whether she was intelligent, McDonnell replied “very bright”. He confirmed that in his view she is “capable”. When asked whether she is a good political operator he claimed the term would be “derogatory” though “can put a good argument”

“She has won over people with her honesty and sincerity in Labour and in the House overall.”

The court returns at 11am tomorrow and deliberates on Thursday…

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Apsana Begum Accused of £64,000 in Fraudulent Social Housing Claims

Apsana Begum’s trial yesterday saw the Poplar & Limehouse MP accused by Tower Hamlets council of defrauding them out of £64,000 in social housing claims over three years. She supposedly “withheld information” to boost her chances of getting on the list, specifically the fact she was no longer living in an overcrowded home at the time of her application. Begum claims she kept housing officials informed “as best she could”.

Begum applied for the social housing list in 2011, remaining on it until March 2016, at which point she was awarded a studio flat tenancy. Her 2011 application was on the basis her family home was overcrowded, however it’s claimed she failed to tell the council after her circumstances changed. Given she worked for Tower Hamlets from 2011-13, the whole affair must be rather awkward for her…

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Apsana Begum’s Trial for Housing Fraud Begins Today

Apsana Begum’s trial for housing fraud begins this morning and is expected to last six to eight days. The Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, who is facing 3 charges of fraud over her mysterious ability to leapfrog the 18,000-long waiting list for a council flat (despite having no children), “vigorously denies” the charges and pleaded not guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court back in December. If she’s convicted, she faces losing her seat – the Socialist Workers’ Party has already announced it’ll stand a candidate if there’s a by-election…

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Labour’s Apsana Begum Court Date Set for Late July

Labour MP Apsana Begum will appear in court at the end of July, where she will stand trial on three housing fraud charges which she denies. It was revealed in December last year that she has been accused of cheating her way to a £300,000 council home in Tower Hamlets after her marriage broke down, and of “concealing the true state of her housing situation between 2013 and 2016.” The case is being expedited due to the public interest…

The hearing takes place four months after suspended Labour MP Claudia Webbe faces trial on harassment charges in March. That’s one in 12 of Labour’s 2019 intake facing trial this year…

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The 3 Worst Virtue Signalling MPs in Britain

Holocaust Memorial Day is next Monday and last Tuesday the Holocaust Educational Trust held an event in parliament hosted by Matt Chorley. Parliamentarians attended the event to hear from survivors, educators and a speech from the acclaimed historian Sir Antony Beevor. The event was invitation only.

Eyebrows were raised by those who noticed that in the audience was Apsana Begum, the newly-elected MP for Poplar and Limehouse. Guido understands she was not invited, which is hardly surprising given her troubled relationship with the Jewish community. She sat through the speeches and hopefully learnt something.

Three other MPs dropped into the event uninvited;

  • Nav Mishra, MP for Stockport – Labour NEC member on the JC9 slate, who has supported Pete Willsman. Voted against IHRA at the NEC, and sat on NEC disputes panel.
  • Paula Barker, MP for Liverpool Wavertree – yet to speak out on the abuse that drove Luciana Berger out of the party which led to her getting the seat.
  • Kim Johnson, MP for Liverpool Riverside – yet to speak out about the abuse that drove Louise Ellman out the party.

These three MPs went over to a banner, took some selfies with the banner in the background and according to a witness immediately left. Guido suspects that the pictures were taken to be shared on social media on Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday. For all her faults Apsana Begum actually listened to what was said, the other three MPs are just cynically virtue signalling.

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