Disgraced Fiona Onasanya has been booted out as an MP after her constituents voted to force a by-election.
The Peterborough MP, who ousted Tory Stewart Jackson in 2017 on a majority of just 607, was jailed and expelled from the Labour Party after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.
And rare recall petition – only the second ever of its kind – opened on March 19, giving voters a chance to boot her out.
Speaker John Bercow confirmed today that the petition was signed by 10% of her constituents, that she was no longer the MP for Peterborough and a by-election would take place in the seat.
What is a ‘recall petition’?
Under a law passed in 2015, any MP suspended for more than 10 sitting days automatically triggers a “recall petition” that their constituents can sign.
A recall petition can force a by-election if it is signed by more than 10% of the electorate in the Cambridgeshire seat.
The petition will be open to sign for six weeks.
Onasanya can then stand as a candidate in the by-election.
As Onasanya is appealing her conviction and no recall petition can happened until this is dealt with.
A recall petition can be opened if an MP has been:
convicted of an offence and received a custodial sentence (including a suspended sentence) or ordered to be detained, other than solely under mental health legislation
barred from the House of Commons for 10 sitting days or 14 calendar days, or
convicted of providing false or misleading information for allowance claims under the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009.
What did Fiona Onasanya do?
The Peterborough MP, who was expelled by the Labour Party, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by claiming someone else was driving her car on July 24 2017.
The Old Bailey heard how Miss Onasanya’s Nissan Micra was clocked speeding at 41mph in a 30mph zone after visiting a former political aide in her constituency.
When she was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution, Mr Onasanya, 34, sent it back claiming a Russian man was driving, even though he was abroad.
At the time, Miss Onasanya’s life as a new MP was “chaotic” and she was coming to terms with being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
But when she was pursued by police, she maintained her brother’s lie out of “misguided loyalty” with “disastrous” consequences, the court heard.
Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said he was certain she had been behind the wheel on July 24 and had she accepted the speeding offence it would have had “no real or lasting embarrassment” to her as an MP.
He told her: “The impact of your conviction has been disastrous for you.”
The court heard Mr Onasanya, from Cambridge, provided false details to avoid speeding prosecutions on two other occasions.
He had nine points on his licence and faced losing his licence if he got any more, the court heard.
He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.