Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya has lost her seat in the House of Commons after a recall petition. Onasanya, 35, became the first female MP to be jailed after lying to officers about who was driving her car to avoid a speeding ticket.
The crime caused her to be booted out of the Labour Party and now almost 20,000 registered voters in her Peterborough constituency have signed a recall petition demanding her removal.
She is the first MP ever to be removed by the recall process, introduced by David Cameron in 2015. Some 19,261 people signed the petition – 27.64% of those eligible to take part and well above the 10% threshold for a recall.
The successful petition now triggers a by-election in the Peterborough constituency, in which Onasanya is permitted to stand as an independent.
A year later, she was charged with perverting the course of justice after lying about a speeding offence.
She was expelled by Labour after her conviction and served less than four weeks of a three-month prison sentence earlier this year. She replaced Conservative MP Steward Jackson in Peterborough, who said of today’s news:
‘The proper result. The people of Peterborough have done the right thing.’ A spokeswoman for Peterborough Council said the petition had been signed by 19,261 people, far above the 7,000 signatures required. She added: ‘This means that the petition is successful and the Peterborough parliamentary seat is now vacant.’
She can therefore no longer participate in any parliamentary proceedings as a member of parliament.’