Fiona Onasanya MP jailed for lying to police to avoid speeding ticket – News Live
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Fiona Onasanya MP jailed for lying to police to avoid speeding ticket – News Live


Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya has been sentenced to three months in prison for lying to police to avoid a speeding ticket. The Labour MP for Peterborough was found guilty of perverting the court of justice following a retrial in December. She plotted with her brother Festus, 34, to avoid prosecution for the offence by naming Aleks Antipow as the driver of the Nissan Micra when she was caught doing 41mph in a 30mph zone. Mr Antipow, the sibling’s former lodger, was at home with his parents in Russia 1,800 miles away. Mr Justice Stuart-Smith sentenced Festus, who has several previous convictions and served 54 days in jail for robbery in 2011, to 10 months jail. He told Onasayna that three months was the ‘shortest possible sentence I am able to impose.’ The judge said she “will serve half of that sentence before being released”. Onasanya is the first female MP to ever be sent to jail. Unless Onasanya resigns there will be a Recall Petition in Peterborough and a by-election will be called if 10 per cent of the electorate sign it. A Labour source said the recall petition cannot happen until the appeals process is exhausted. During sentencing, the Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said: “It is a tragedy that you find yourselves and here in this predicament but it is a tragedy that you have bought upon yourselves.” He also took into account that the disgraced MP’s career is now over and that she suffers from MS. The Old Bailey heard evidence the MP was texting as well as speeding on the evening of Monday July 24 last year, during the summer recess. The 35-year-old solicitor was clocked going 41mph in a 30mph zone in the village of Thorney near Peterborough. The prosecution alleged she went on to collude with her brother Festus to avoid a speeding ticket. The court was told she was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) to fill out, but it was sent back naming the driver as Aleks Antipow, an acquaintance of Festus, who was away visiting his parents in Russia. Festus, 34, from Cambridge, pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice over speeding, including for the July 24 incident. Onasanya, of Peterborough, denied perverting the course of justice but was convicted by the jury. In the wake of the guilty verdict, Onasanya was expelled from the Labour Party and has launched an appeal against her conviction. Onasanya took the marginal seat from the Tories with a majority of just 607 at the 2017 election just 18 months ago. Parliamentary rules require the removal of an MP who is jailed for 12 months or more. But if the sentence is less than that a recall petition can force a by-election if it is signed by more than 10% of the electorate in the Cambridgeshire seat.

13 Comments

  • louisgunn

    she a solicitor and mp jailed, ,,her brother jailed , perverting the course of justice, apparently Nigerian women will go to the wall for lies

  • Remi Steele

    Shame on her, she brings shame on the Labour party, on her profession, and on Nigerians, sentence her to Game of Thrones style walk of shame through Peterborough, her wig is terrible too.

  • Susan Heywood

    She's a liar and cannot be trusted, the decent thing to do is resign, but she won't give up 77k salary , so come on you decent people a petition can force a bi election, only 10 per cent needed.

  • Pat Johnson

    Typical Muslims cant tell the truth try and help them and what do they do Taqiyya. First time in 3 decades a MP has been jailed . Wonder how many more are lying in Parliament at this moment in time Leave means leave #voteukipgeraldbatten for the real truth the real man for to lead us out of this creation that these lying elites have made rich for themselves out off our hard work and tax money .

  • V M

    The British regime really get their kicks and huge satisfaction from messing up people's lives. Who goes around and self incriminates their self, not many . British regime have a world wide reputation for screwing up their own citizens and bragging afterwards.

  • Shaun Dempsy

    Listened to Jeremy Vine today on radio and he was having a phone in about whether she should remain an MP because she is elected as one. I really thought the liberal lefties could not shock me anymore as I thought I'd already heard all there nonsense but I was truly amazed at some of the people who ring in trying to put racism and sexism into the situation. If it had been a white male MP in the same situation then the calls to sack him would have been loud and clear and absolutely right. These MPs are in a trusted position and they vote on laws in our country ,if a police officer was to commit a crime then they are sacked it can't be one rule for one and one rule for other. Why she didn't just take the ticket is beyond me ,she is a solicitor and should know better. They have tried blaming her illness for her speeding so if that the case then should she be driving really. Let's not forget that she has not been jailed for speeding but for the many lies she told to try get out of it that's the trust issue here. Hearing the feminists and the people crying racism today just validated my view that there are factions of people amongst genuine equality groups who have no interest in equality but would rather ethnic minorities ,Black , Asian, Female ,Non Genders( but I'll not comment about them today)and homosexuals get Special treatment and are excempt from laws that affect EVERYBODY and are treated with MORE respect than anybody else and should have more rights to do and say whatever they please no matter how nasty and offensive it is . They feel this is there right to all this above anybody else and they demand power. They are a disgrace to every genuine equality activists past and present who have fought to gain equality in this country and to get laws past that protect them and still keep a close eye out to ensure these laws are met,they are the true equals. Try living in some countries and just see what your demands to be above everyone else gets you . Hell just try be equal and see what happens. It's time get a grip you will be happier that way . Bless you all

  • merlin72572

    So her brother festus gave her the idea to lie and she went along with it,says enough for me ,what else would he have whispered in her ear in the future,

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