Fiona Onasanya, the Eversheds lawyer-turned-MP-turned-jailbird, has been struck off, but used the opportunity of her tribunal hearing to insist she was innocent.
Onasanya and her brother, Festus, told police that a former lodger, Aleks Antipow, was driving her Nissan Micra when it was caught speeding in July 2017. It transpired that Antipow was in Russia with his parents at the time.
Onasanya was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and sentenced to three months in prison. She then lost her appeal against conviction, was expelled by the Labour party, was recalled by her constituents, and lost her seat.
Throughout, she has claimed that she never lied, even though it is clear that she absolutely did.
Like all new MPs, Fiona's pants went on fire immediately. They later combusted completely.
Onasanya was an for MP for six weeks before she rocketed past the fateful speed camera. Prior to that, she worked as a property lawyer at a variety of firms in Cambridge, including Howes Percival and Eversheds. Showing an impressive brass neck, she continued to act as an MP while she was in prison.
Now the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled that the 35-year-old failed to act with integrity, failed to behave in a way that maintained the public's trust, and acted dishonestly. It had refused her request to adjourn her hearing pending the outcome of her latest appeal to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Onansanya told the tribunal, where she represented herself, that she was innocent. "I did not do an act intending to pervert the course of justice", she said. "I maintain that stance, it was the same at trials where I pled not guilty.'
She also claimed that there was no benefit to her to lie about someone else driving her car, which, in the end, has been proved true.