Fiona Onasanya Strives to stay on as MP despite jail sentence

Despite calls to stand down, Fiona Onasanya an MP in the UK is expected to retain office after been given a three-month jail sentence for lying to avoid a speeding ticket.

Fiona Onasanya, the MP for Peterborough and a former Labour whip, was sentenced on Tuesday for perverting the course of justice following a retrial.



Sources close to Onasanya, the first serving MP to be jailed for 28 years, said she was believed to be planning to return to work as an MP once she leaves prison. She will continue to be paid while in prison, parliamentary sources confirmed.

Labour and the Conservatives have called for her to “do the decent thing” and resign immediately.

Onasanya appeared at the Old Bailey in London on Tuesday to be sentenced alongside her brother Festus Onasanya, who pleaded guilty to three similar charges and was sentenced to 10 months.Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said: “It’s a tragedy that you have found yourselves here and in this predicament but it’s a tragedy that you have brought on yourselves.”

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Onasanya did not react to the verdict but was taken away to begin her sentence.

Under laws introduced in 2015, any prison term, even a suspended sentence, leads to a recall petition, which will be open for six weeks and can force a byelection if signed by 10% of voters in a constituency.

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Because Onasanya, 35, has appealed against her conviction, this may not happen for several months. The recall petition cannot be opened until any appeal process has concluded.

Staff in her constituency office said they would continue to work through her sentence. “Nobody who has issues on immigration, housing local services etc should be punished for what happened,” Matt Turner, her press officer, wrote on Twitter.

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-The Guardian