Fiona Onasanya, the ex-Labour MP for Peterborough and a former Eversheds real estate lawyer, has lost her appeal against her conviction for perverting the course of justice.
Onasanya and her brother, Festus, told police that a former lodger, Aleks Antipow, was driving Onasanya's Nissan Micra when it was ticketed for speeding in July 2017. However, it transpired that Antipow was in Russia with his parents at the time.
In December last year, the court found Onasanya guilty of perverting the course of justice for multiple lies about the incident. She was subsequently expelled by the Labour party, but still sits as an independent MP. In January this year the Old Bailey sentenced her to three months in jail. She has now been released after serving one month behind bars.
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This week, Onasanya did as bad a job representing herself at her appeal as she did framing a Russian, having picked the only one who actually wasn't up to no good in the UK (joking, joking, there are lots of nice Russians).
As the hearing began, Lord Justice Leveson expressed concern that Onasanya had not brought any paperwork. Then, as she set about contesting the evidence which two colleagues had given at trial, he reminded her that she could not reinvestigate the facts of the case. Refusing her permission to appeal, Leveson said it was "a tragedy that she has damaged, probably irreparably, a promising political career, but there is absolutely no basis for challenging her conviction".
Onasanya was only elected as Peterborough's MP six weeks before the speeding offence, having unseated the Tory incumbent by 607 votes. Prior to that, she worked as a commercial property lawyer at a variety of firms in Cambridge, including Howes Percival for six months and Eversheds for three years. A recall petition will now start to determine whether the Peterborough constituency want to boot her as their MP.
Onasanya did not respond to a request for comment, or she did but she asked Antipow to give it to us, and he was out of the country.