Labour kicks out lying MP who may face being jailed
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