UK Foreign Sec Slaps Down Labour MP Demanding Legal ‘Intervention’ in Belarus


Claudia Webbe was elected Labour MP for Leicester East in 2019, replacing her disgraced party-mate Keith Vaz. But she refused to step down from her borough council seat in Islington for three months, when her undeclared income from the post got her in trouble with parliamentary authorities this year.

An MP recently suspended from the Labour Party got short shrift when she asked the foreign secretary to take “legal action” against Belarus.

“What is the legal action you’re proposing?” Raab asked. “Well, I mean I’m asking you the question”, said Webbe, clearly taken aback.

Following an awkward pause, Webbe continued: “Would the government agree the situation in Belarus requires an intervention from the UK?”

Raab announced sanctions against Belarus on 25 May after the country’s air force ordered a flight from Athens to Vilnius, operated by Irish budget airline Ryanair, to land in the capital Minsk after authorities received reports of explosives on board. Anti-government agitator Roman Protasevich, a passenger on the flight, was arrested after landing.

The UK banned Belarusian commercial flights from entering British airspace, and instructed British airlines not to fly to the former Soviet republic. The EU followed suit.

Webbe doubled down on Wednesday, demanding the government use its seat on the UN Security Council to try to force other nations to sanction Belarus — despite Minsk’s ally Russia holding a veto…

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