Peterborough Labour MP Fiona Onasanya charged with perverting the course of justice
PUBLISHED: 09:56 26 July 2018
A Peterborough MP has appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice.
Labour MP Fiona Onasanya, who won the key marginal seat in 2017, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 12.
Court records show she was charged over allegedly lying about who was behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle, the Press Association reported.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Onasanya faces two charges of perverting the course of justice and will appear at the Old Bailey on August 13.
She is alleged to have been behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle on July 24 2017 but together with her brother Festus Onasanya told the authorities someone else was driving.
The second similar count relates to an incident on August 23 2017 when her brother was alleged to have been driving.
Cambridgeshire Police confirmed that “Fiona Oluyinka Onasanya, 34, from Peterborough” had been charged with perverting the course of justice.
“She appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 12 and is due to appear in court again on August 13,” a police spokesman said.
A Labour Party spokesman said: “It would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing case.”
Ms Onasanya, who was a solicitor before her election to Parliament, is a Labour whip, meaning she is responsible for party discipline.
She won the Peterborough seat with a majority of just 607 votes, ousting Tory Stewart Jackson.
The former Conservative MP then took up a role as David Davis’ chief of staff until the then Brexit secretary quit earlier this month.