Shamed Labour MP Fiona Onasanya vows to remain on in Parliament and ‘battle towards injustice’ only a week after she was discovered GUILTY of mendacity to police to keep away from a dashing tremendous
- Fiona Onasanya, 35, was discovered to have lied to police to keep away from a dashing cost
- MP was suspended by Labour Get together who known as for her to give up after conviction
- However in her native newspaper column she vowed to remain on as MP for Peterborough
Kate Ferguson, Senior Political Correspondent For Mailonline
Shamed Labour MP Fiona Onasanya immediately vowed to remain in Parliament and ‘battle towards injustice’ – only a week after she was convicted of mendacity to police to keep away from a dashing tremendous.
Ms Onasanya, 35, was discovered responsible of perverting the course of justice after she colluded along with her brother Festus to evade the dashing tremendous.
The Peterborough MP was suspended by Labour following her conviction and the celebration urged her to face down from Parliament.
However in a column for her native paper Ms Onasanya – who in contrast herself to Jesus to her Labour colleagues after her conviction – pledged to remain as an MP.
And he or she additionally did not even point out her legal conviction within the extraordinary column for the Peterborough Telegraph.
As an alternative she bragged concerning the work she has been doing in Parliament on Brexit and Common Credit score.
She wrote: ‘It’s an honour to be your voice for change over an extremely consequential interval of British politics. This 12 months, I’ve been constantly intervening in debates on Brexit in Parliament.
‘There have been many alternatives to take action as this authorities has continued to falter throughout negotiations.’
She mentioned she has been calling for reform to the controversial Common Credit score welfare reforms, and to boost issues a bout the situation of staff at Amazon warehouses.
She added: ‘Whereas it has been a profitable 12 months combating again towards these injustices, there’s nonetheless far more to be achieved, and you’ll relaxation assured that I’ll proceed to take action as your consultant within the corridors of energy.’
Onasanya was elected as a Labour MP as a part of the 2017 normal election, which came about just some weeks earlier than the automobile was seen dashing
The outstanding column doesn’t include a single point out of her conviction on the Previous Bailey simply over per week in the past.
The solicitor turned MP faces being despatched to jail – and might be robotically kicked out of Parliament if she is given a sentence of 12 months in jail or longer.
The editor of newspaper, Mark Edwards, defended his choice to run the column regardless of her conviction for mendacity to the authorities.
In a word accompanying the column, he wrote: ‘Now we have been requested why the PT is publishing Fiona Onasanya’s columns following her conviction on the Previous Bailey.
‘The PT provides columns to the 2 sitting MPs protecting Peterborough in the event that they select to submit one.
‘Whereas she remains to be the MP – and due to this fact the elected consultant – we imagine it could be mistaken to disclaim our readers the possibility to learn what she has submitted.
‘To censor the column would, in my opinion, be mistaken, and in my expertise our readers are fairly able to making their very own minds up concerning the columns submitted by native politicians.’
The MP, who was elected in June final 12 months, had tried to keep away from prosecution for the offence by claiming that her former lodger Aleks Antipow was the driving force of the Nissan Micra.
Festus Onasanya (proper), the 33-year-old brother of Labour MP Fiona Onasanya, was accused of colluding along with his sister (left) to pervert the course of justice
However Mr Antipow was at dwelling along with his dad and mom in Russia 1,800 miles away.
Ms Onasanya had claimed she left the shape at her mom’s home and had no thought who was driving the automobile.
She ‘mistakenly’ claimed she was in London when the dashing ticket was issued – however cell phone information positioned her on the scene.
However the MP has not apologised and stays unrepentant – even evaluating herself to Jesus in leaked WhatsApp messages to her Labour colleague.
She wrote: ‘What I do know is that I’m in good biblical firm together with Joseph, Moses, Daniel and his three Hebrew associates who have been every discovered responsible by the courts of their day,’ she wrote.
‘Whereas God didn’t save them from a responsible verdict he did save them in it and ensured that their biggest days of influence have been on the opposite aspect of a responsible verdict.
‘After all that is equally true of Christ who was accused and convicted by the courts of his day and but this was not his finish however fairly the start of the following chapter in his story.’