Fiona Onasanya, Peterborough’s disgraced MP, was released from prison yesterday after serving just 28 days of her three month sentence and having collected an estimated £6,000 in wages for her role despite not being present in the House Of Commons nor doing anything to represent her constituents while she was incarcerated.
She was jailed for three months on 29 January having been convicted at the Old Bailey of perverting the course of justice after she denied being behind the wheel when her car was spotted being driven at 41mph in a 30mph zone in July. Onasanya claimed a Russian man was at the wheel of the car but it later emerged he was at home with his parents in Russia at the time. She continues to insist she is not guilty and intends to appeal the conviction.
UKIPs Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Peterborough constituency expressed his “disappointment” at Onasanya’s early release:
The early release of Fiona Onasanya MP so early will shock many residents in Peterborough. How can they have any trust or confidence in a system which allows her feet barely to touch the prison cell floor before she is released? Her conviction represents a breach of faith with the people of Peterborough whom placed their trust in her at the ballot box.
Her time in prison has cost the taxpayer £6,000 in wages alone. UKIP will continue to campaign to ensure that it costs her the position she has forfeited the right to hold.
Seems like yet again, the rules are there to protect those in power but if it was one of us we might not have got away so lightly….