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Labour MP charged over perverting the course of justice

PICTURED: Fiona Onasanya

LABOUR MP Fiona Onasanya has been charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice after she allegedly lied about who was driving a speeding vehicle.

Onasanya, the MP for Peterborough, is facing the two charges alongside her brother Festus.

The pair are scheduled to appear in court at the Old Bailey on August 13.

Onasanya, a Labour whip, is responsible for maximising the number of MPs who vote on parliamentary business and do so inline with the party’s stance.

Chris Huhne, the former Liberal Democrat MP, and his former wife, Vicky Pryce, were both sentenced to eight months in 2013 for perverting the course of justice after Pryce said she was driving a speeding vehicle that Huhne was caught speeding in.

If Onasanya is found guilty and sentenced to jail, she could face losing her seat in the House of Commons. A recall petition can be opened by the petition officer after the speaker of the House of Commons informs them that an MP has been convicted of an offence and received a custodial sentence.

If at least 10% of voters in the MP’s constituency sign the petition, the MP will lose their seat.

Thirty-four-year-old Onasanya was elected last year.

In an interview with the Peterborough Telegraph in 2017, Onasanya expressed her desire to become the UK’s first black female prime minister.

She said: “I would like one day in the future to become the first black, female prime minister of this country.”

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