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Monday, 20 May 2024 – 22:27

Labour MP found guilty of perverting the course of justice

Labour MP Fiona Onasanya has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice following a retrial. The MP lied repeatedly to police in an attempt to avoid a speeding charge, and now faces a possible jail term.

The MP and solicitor was accused of colluding with her brother after being clocked speeding at 41mph in a 30mph zone in Peterborough last year. Her brother pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice, but MP Fiona Onasanya denied a single count of perverting the course of justice, only to be found guilty on a retrial.

A spokesperson for the Labour Party said “It falls well below what is expected of politicians and she should now resign”.

The Labour whip has been removed “with immediate effect”, meaning Onasanya has effectively been expelled from the party. Onasanya will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed. If she receives a custodial sentence of more than one year, she will be disqualified from sitting as an MP.

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