Today was the last chance for the former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya MP to protest her innocence, as she appealed her conviction for perverting the course of justice. The Peterborough MP was sentenced to three months in jail this January for lying to police to avoid a speeding ticket, but has since been released from jail.
At her appeal this afternoon at the Royal Courts of Justice, Onasanya decided to represent herself, which is odd considering her hefty MP’s salary, and also turned up without any papers, which is strange considering that she used to be a solicitor. Mr Steerpike can, unsurprisingly, report that it didn’t end well, and the MP lost the appeal.
The decision today means it’s now up to the people of Peterborough to decide in a recall petition if they want Onasanya to remain as their MP. She also faces the possibility of being struck off by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
It seems to Mr S that Jesus wasn’t on Onasanya’s side after all…
UPDATE: John Bercow has confirmed that Onasanya will be subject to the terms of the Recall of MPs Act, and a petition will now be opened in Peterborough for six weeks. If ten per cent of the constituencies’ voters sign the petition, the MP will lose her seat.