Disgraced ex-Labour MP jailed for three months

Disgraced former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya has been jailed for three months after lying to police to avoid a speeding ticket.

The Peterborough MP, now as an independent, would have been forced to resign her seat if she had been jailed for 12 months or more, triggering a by-election in a key marginal seat.

But a judge imposed a three-month sentence, saying Onasanya had “let down not just yourself but your profession and your parliament”.

The 35-year-old solicitor was clocked going 41mph in a 30mph zone in the village of Thorney, near Peterborough, in July 2017.

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.

Following the guilty verdict, Onasanya who took the marginal seat from the Tories with a majority of 607 at the 2017 general election was expelled from the Labour party.

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