Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya freed early from jail

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Fiona Onasanya pictured leaving HMP Bronzefield. Image: PA

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A disgraced former Labour MP has been released from prison after serving a month of her sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Fiona Onasanya, the MP for Peterborough, was jailed for three months at the Old Bailey on January 29 for lying to avoid a speeding charge.

The 35-year-old was driven out of out of HMP Bronzefield in Ashford in Surrey this morning and is expected to have to obey strict conditions as part of her early release.

 

 

Onasanya will continue in her role as an MP, sitting as an independent politician, despite calls for her resignation. A jail sentence of at least 12 months is required for an MP to be automatically removed under current Parliamentary rules.

Jurors at the Old Bailey were told that Onasanya colluded with her brother Festus after her car was clocked speeding at 41mph in a 30mph zone in the village of Thorney, near Peterborough, in July 2017.

She was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution to fill out, but it was sent back naming the guilty driver as Aleks Antipow, an acquaintance of her brother, who was away visiting his parents in Russia.

Festus Onasanya was sentenced to 10 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice over speeding, including over the July 24 incident.