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MP jailed for lying over speeding offence will get court appeal

Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya will have her appeal against conviction heard on 5 March. Photo: ITV News

Disgraced Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya, who was jailed for lying to police over a speeding offence, is due to have her appeal heard on 5 March.

Ms Onasanya continues in her role as MP despite being given a three-month prison sentence in January.

The 35-year-old solicitor, an Independent after being expelled by the Labour Party, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by claiming someone else was driving her car on 24 July 2017.

Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya was jailed for three months for perverting the course of justice. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

Commons Speaker John Bercow said he had received a letter confirming the sentence from the manager of the Central Criminal Court.

"I have also received a letter from the Registrar of Criminal Appeals informing me that Fiona Onasanya has submitted an appeal against her conviction, which is listed for hearing on 5th March."

– John Bercow

Parliamentary rules require the removal of an MP who is jailed for 12 months or more.

A lesser sentence can result in a recall petition, which can force a by-election if it is signed by more than 10% of the electorate in the constituency.

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