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MP Fiona Onasanya protests her innocence

22 March 2019

She was sentenced to three months in prison in January for perverting the course of justice after denying a driving offence

PA

Fiona Onasanya outside her home in Peterborough, as the petition was underway on Tuesday

Fiona Onasanya outside her home in Peterborough, as the petition was underway on Tuesday

THE former Labour MP for Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya, maintained her innocence as a recall petition opened against her on Tuesday.

She was sentenced to three months in prison in January for perverting the course of justice after denying a driving offence (News, 4 January). Ms Onasanya, a former solicitor, and a Christian, will be forced to stand down as an MP if ten per cent of eligible constituents — thought to be about 7000 — vote against her. The petition closes at 5 p.m. on 1 May.

Speaking to The Times this week, the Vicar of St John the Baptist, Peterborough, Canon Ian Black, said: “She has had more than her day in court. . . I think she is someone going through a personal turmoil, and for that she does have my profound sympathy and prayers, but I think her days as our MP should come to an end.”

In a message to Labour colleagues after she was found guilty, Ms Onasanya said: “I am in good biblical company along with Joseph, Moses, Daniel, and his three Hebrew friends, who were each found guilty by the courts of their day.”

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