Labour kicks out ly­ing MP who may face be­ing jailed

Daily Express - - News - By Macer Hall

DISGRACED MP Fiona Onasanya has been ex­pelled from the Labour Party af­ter be­ing con­victed of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

The Peter­bor­ough MP, who faces a pos­si­ble jail sen­tence for ly­ing to po­lice to avoid a speed­ing charge, had al­ready been sus­pended from the party.

She was con­victed of the of­fence at the Old Bai­ley last month but has so far re­fused to re­sign her Com­mons seat.

Labour of­fi­cials con­firmed yes­ter­day that Onasanya, 35, was thrown out of the party shortly be­fore Christ­mas.

She won the mar­ginal seat with a ma­jor­ity of just 607 from Tory Ste­wart Jack­son at the 2017 elec­tion just 18 months ago.

Par­lia­men­tary rules re­quire the re­moval of an MP who is jailed for 12 months or more. Even if the sen­tence is less than that a re­call pe­ti­tion can force a by-elec­tion if it is signed by more than 10 per cent of the lo­cal elec­torate.

The MP, a so­lic­i­tor, was con­victed af­ter a re­trial of col­lud­ing with her brother Fes­tus to avoid a speed­ing con­vic­tion af­ter her car was clocked at 41mph in a 30mph zone in the vil­lage of Thor­ney near Peter­bor­ough in July 2017.

Last month Onasanya sent a mes­sage to fel­low MPs af­ter her con­vic­tion com­par­ing her­self to Je­sus.

She wrote: “Christ was ac­cused and con­victed by the courts of his day and yet this was not his end but rather the be­gin­ning of the next chap­ter of the story.”

Fiona Onasanya re­fused to re­sign

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