Apsana Needs Some Time Off

Since her June 2021 victory in court, fending off allegations of housing fraud, Corbynite MP Apsana Begum has gone incredibly quiet. Last night we learnt why. Apsana has said she needs to take some time off from her £84,144 job due to a “sustained campaign of misogynistic abuse and harassment”, which has had “a significant effect on my mental and physical health.” Her GP’s signed her off sick – presumably it took from the end of her court trial to now to get said appointment…

A statement published on Apsana’s social media says “it is hard to have to take time off from my work representing the constituency in which I grew up and live, and for which it is my honour to serve as the MP” and promises to “see you all once I am better.”

Maybe she can ask Nadia Whittome how to cope with the mental stresses of being an MP…

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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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