Pal of Labour leader gets 3 months in jail

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­

DIS­GRACED MP Fiona Onasanya has been jailed for three months for re­peat­edly ly­ing to po­lice to dodge a speed­ing ticket. The 35-year-old, who has been kicked out of the Labour Party, has faced re­peated calls to quit of­fice since a jury found her guilty of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

But the solic­i­tor, who has mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, con­tin­ues to rep­re­sent her con­stituents and is ex­pected to chal­lenge her crim­i­nal con­vic­tion.

The Peter­bor­ough MP – a sup­porter of leader Jeremy Cor­byn’s hardleft wing of the party – was found guilty of ly­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors af­ter her car was caught do­ing 41mph in a 30mph zone in July 2017 – just weeks af­ter she won her seat.

She be­came the first sit­ting fe­male MP to be jailed af­ter judge Mr Jus­tice Stu­art-Smith told her that, de­spite be­ing a politi­cian, she would be treated the same as any­one else in the coun­try.

Par­lia­men­tary rules dic­tate that MPs jailed for 12 months or more are au­to­mat­i­cally forced to step down, mean­ing Onasanya could stay in her £77,000-a-year job while serv­ing time.

How­ever, a re­call pe­ti­tion will be launched in her con­stituency, which can force a by-elec­tion if signed by 10% of con­stituents.

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