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.


fire pants

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.

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Comments

Simon Rook 09 August 19 08:40

I sometimes think she really does believe she is innocent, that doesn't make her so, just deluded.

Her appeal was childlike and had no chance of success. She maintains she is trying to prove her innocence yet has not taken the appeal further.

Anonymous 09 August 19 09:35

But I thought her brother pleaded guilty? If so, that undermines her pleas of innocence. 

Anonymous 09 August 19 09:51

""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.'"

 

Her advice while in practice must have been illegible. 

Anon 09 August 19 10:15

A fit and proper person to be a solicitor. I don't think so. Even now she does not accept her wrongdoing.

 

Lydia 09 August 19 10:45

What is she saying then? That the person they said was driving was not in Russia but someone else eg used his passport to pretend he was? She seems so vociferous in claiming innocence yet there does not seem to be any defence.

Lydia 09 August 19 10:48

Okay so she said this

 

"Onasanya has told jurors she had assumed she was in Westminster at the time of the speeding offence and left the NIP [ the ticket]  at her mother's house in Cambridge for whoever had borrowed her Nissan Micra to fill in. Festus later reassured her the NIP had been "sorted," the court heard.

She said she could not recall a meeting with her former communications manager in Thorney, near Peterborough on the evening the speed camera was triggered nearby.

But she could not rule out being the driver. Evidence showed that she had been using her mobile phone in the area around the time of the incident, however Onasanya told the court she never used her phone while driving."

 

Her solicitor suggested her brother may have filled in the form   " suggested Festus filled in the form as he had done it before and "he thought he could get away with it." "

Thinker 09 August 19 10:52

I have followed this story for a little while now. I do feel sorry for her. She has lost alot over a speeding ticket. I do feel that she is being roasted by the bad press. I'm sure there must be a way for her to be able to practise law again in time. (as a lawyer I'm sure she will find a way). Whether or not she is guilty of this petty crime, I feel her punishment was too harsh for this crime. 

O fine 09 August 19 11:16

She complicated a straight forward issue from the word go,if she had been upright with this issue she wouldn't have lost everything which is the case now.

Anonymous 09 August 19 14:28

@ Thinker

The offence is petty... It's the lies and attempted cover up that caused her to loose her seat, practising certificate and reputation.

Anonymous 10 August 19 06:47

Stupid article.

Tribunal chair that stuck her off felt anxiety over the claim for 22k...and reduced it to 6k.

Chairman felt they put in a false claim and refused to allow it....Pivotal in a case regarding honesty!

ShootyMcShootyface 10 August 19 08:32

The lawyer who represents themselves has a fool for a client. 

'I sometimes think she really does believe she is innocent, that doesn't make her so, just deluded.' - yep, like those teenage drugs mules who get caught and say 'we're innocent coz we didn't do nuffink or know nuffink'.

As to the quality of her advice, I think the wording that she worked at a 'variety' of firms indicates how good that was. 

I do wish that the MSM would use a different picture of her though, rather than the terrifying one with that aggressive fake smile. 

Mr Want to remain private 10 August 19 08:52

She has clearly lied for perverting justice for a speed driving offence that should have cost 3 points on her licience and paid for it 3 times.

1) Spent Jail time .

2) Lost her MP role

3) Lost her fall back legal career

Hmmmmm I wonder what would have happened to her if she was also responsible for lieing to us about Brexit or the war in Iraq. She would have probably lost her life. Boris Johnson and Tony Blair respectively enjoying life of opulence at the expense of lost jobs and children of service men who have been killed and thousands of Iraqi's who are dead because of the unjustified war

Silver Shadow 10 August 19 11:15

This is "Home Trouble"...aran si ni. Hian! 

Ehn... Who you offend, Fiona, better go and beg them, cos they have taken you down to ground zero, oh....!!

Fiona is on her way to jail, at this rate. Definitely.. She'd better stop lying and just hands up, like they do in them John Wayne movies   

Mo Salah 10 August 19 17:08

She thought she was above anyone. Due to one simple lie, she has fallen from such a great height where she will never attain again.  Absolutely no sympathy for her. You must pay for your mistakes. She has paid a heavy price in such a way that she could never have imagined. Simple solution - don't tell lies.  

Leonwp 10 August 19 19:31

They probably threw her out as a solicitor for not being dishonest enough - and she is nowhere near corrupt enough to be a barrister

Walter Harvey 11 August 19 02:19

I dont understand why she as lost her MP seat and been struck off? She has demonstrated beyond all doubt that she is both suited to being a solicitor and an MP with her brass neck, outrageous denials and refusal to accept she has done anything wrong.

She should be reinstated immediately. NOT

jan davis 11 August 19 22:52

pure racist by society shes being treated very ufairly ,while other mps whoes non black get away with more serious crimes,they could of give her a chance,but they cruelly and being spitefull by taking a way a highest career working as a black solicitor and mp which is very rare for a black women get that chance in society.

Anonymous 13 August 19 12:06

Self-represented parties are generally less well-resourced than their opponents and sadly often have a fool for a judge!

Anonymous 16 August 19 05:29

Well said, jan davis on 11 August 2019 @ 22.52.  One couldn't have put it more eloquently and comprehensibly oneself.

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