Disgraced Ex-Labour MP Struck off as Solicitor After Lying Conviction

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Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya has been struck off as a solicitor after being jailed for perverting the course of justice.

Ms Onasanya was convicted in December 2018 of contempt of court for lying about who was driving her vehicle in July 2017 when it was caught going over the speed limit in order to avoid a criminal conviction.

She was jailed for three months, but spent only 28 days in prison, during which time she continued to receive her MP’s salary. Ejected from the Labour Party, she resisted calls to stand down and became an independent, but was ousted after a successful recall position in her constituency of Peterborough, triggering a by-election in which Lisa Forbes returned the seat to Labour.

The former politician was struck off on Tuesday at a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in London, reports Evening Standard.

The three-member panel had said Ms Onasanya had “failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in her” and had “acted dishonestly”.

Panel chairman Edward Nally added that the former politician had also failed to “uphold the rule of law and proper administration of justice” and “failed to act with integrity”.

“That conviction we are aware has led to disastrous consequences for Ms Onasanya both personally and professionally,” Mr Nally continued.

Adding: “As a solicitor there are professional consequences that follow from a proven act of dishonesty that has been found by a jury after trial.”

The former lawyer said she would be “pursuing avenues” to clear her name.

Out on licence and wearing an ankle tag, Leavers had reacted with fury when, in April, she cast the deciding vote in the House of Commons to pass an anti-Brexit bill.

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