Fiona Onasanya, Peterborough’s jail bird MP, has faced angry calls from local residents to stand down as the cities representative.
Ms Onasanya was jailed for three months following her conviction for perverting the course of justice. She will serve half of the sentence in prison and half on license in the community.
Astoundingly, in her defence, her own lawyer admitted that the only reason she was staying on as an MP as it is now her “sole source of income”:
This, from Fiona Onasanya’s barrister, won’t go down well with the public…
“She continues to act as an independent MP because thi is her only source of income”
— Tom Barton (@tombarton) January 29, 2019
Peterborough residents were however, unsurprisingly, unimpressed.
Andy Grahame said:
“Sickening beyond belief. The government wonders why the British public has no faith in them and the legal system? She should be sacked immediately and banned from any future role in public office.”
All the main political parties are united in calling for Ms Onasanya to resign. UKIP Prospective Parliamentary for Peterborough, Councillor John Whitby said that the comments made by her barrister proves she holds the people of Peterborough in “sheer contempt” and is “not motivated by the high ideals of public service but by opportunist greed.”
A recall petition will now be launched but only after a decision has been made on Ms Onasanya’s appeal against the conviction.