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Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Ihedioha2019: 8:19pm On May 01
Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya loses seat after recall petition

Fiona Onasanya, the MP found guilty of lying to avoid a speeding ticket, has become the first parliamentarian to be removed from office after a recall petition, triggering a byelection in her Peterborough seat.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit party will field its first parliamentary candidate in the seat, which voted 60-40 to leave the EU. The bellwether constituency usually swings behind the party that wins a general election.

More than one in four registered voters – 27.64% – signed an official notice calling for the removal of Onasanya, according to a spokesperson for Peterborough city council. This was well above the 10% threshold.

The Speaker, John Bercow, announced in the House of Commons on Wednesday night that the petition had been successful. “Fiona Onasanya is no longer the member for Peterborough and the seat is accordingly vacant,” he told the Commons.


Onasanya, 35, will automatically stop receiving her parliamentary salary, expenses and pension payments, said a spokesman for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. She becomes a preserved member of the pension scheme but can no longer contribute to it.

Onasanya, a solicitor, committed Christian and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, was plucked from political obscurity to stand in the Cambridgeshire city in 2017.

She is still to face a misconduct tribunal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed, which could mean that she could no longer practise in law.

Local sources said the byelection is expected to be held on June 6, after the European elections on 23 May.

Labour, as Onasanya’s former party, said the party would trigger the process on Thursday by moving a motion in parliament. Onasanya could in theory stand in a byelection, but friends have said this is unlikely.

Farage confirmed on Twitter that his new party will fight the byelection but has refused to say whether he might stand. A Brexit candidate could well take votes off both main parties but would be particularly challenging for the Conservative candidate, Paul Bristow.

Ian Lavery MP, the Labour party chair, said: “Labour campaigned hard for a victory in this recall petition. The people of Peterborough clearly agree that Fiona Onasanya is not fit to be their MP and we’re delighted they will now have the chance to vote for a Labour MP in our excellent candidate, Lisa Forbes.”

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Beki Sellick, said: “Brexit is the issue on the doorstep, even when simply campaigning for the council elections.”

Labour won Peterborough by just 607 votes in the 2017 general election, in a surprise victory over the Conservative Stewart Jackson, who had held the seat since 2005.

The petition was automatically triggered after Onasanya failed to overturn a conviction for perverting the course of justice.

It is the first time an MP has been recalled under the statute. An attempt to recall the DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr in September failed when 9.4% of constituents supported it.

Chris Davies, the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, will face a recall petition on 9 May after pleading guilty to submitting a false expenses claim.


Onasanya was suspended and urged to quit her seat by Labour after her conviction in December for perverting the course of justice.

Her barrister told the court that she had continued to stand as an independent MP because it was her only source of income.

She lied to officers about who was driving her car in an attempt to avoid penalty points, after the vehicle was recorded speeding at 41mph in a 30mph zone near Thorney, Cambridgeshire.

She received a three-month suspended sentence in January, after the judge accepted her claim that she was under immense pressure and could not cope as a new MP when the offence took place. She spent less than a month in prison before being allowed out while wearing a tag.


MPs are automatically disqualified from holding their seat if they are sentenced to more than a year in jail. Any prison sentence, even a suspended one, can trigger a recall petition. This can force a byelection if signed by one in ten voters in a constituency.

Source: https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/01/disgraced-mp-fiona-onasanya-loses-seat-after-recall-petition

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by obiekunie1: 8:40pm On May 01
she forget say no be naija where political impunity is swallowed by the electorate without complain!


oloshi! cheesy

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by epistleNow(m): 8:43pm On May 01
Which one is Yoruba MP, was she representing Yoruba people of her constituency

You guys can do better moderators

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by MikeBetty(m): 8:57pm On May 01
Hahahahaha, This Shows That Upto 95% Of Nigerian Senators Will Face Recall Should They Be Elected In Britain. Here They Are Honorables. Tufiakwa.

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by deepwater(f): 11:44pm On May 01
Speeding Ticket
A society that works


Over here she will have a convoy of MOPOL chasing other road users off the road unti say madam wan pass!

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by jovie50: 11:44pm On May 01
I love this.

This is how leadership ought to be. If you aren't performing, you lose your seat!

How I wish same can be applied here, but will sentiment and tribalism allow??

We have a very long way to go as a nation. May God help and bless us all.

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by ehmmy11(m): 11:44pm On May 01
grin

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by chloride6: 11:45pm On May 01
Why didn't you just resign?

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Oceannaagent: 11:45pm On May 01
That's not good at all

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by SoNature(m): 11:46pm On May 01
Nigerians will never change.
Always representing us in bad light.
Now, the people will never give a Nigerian an opportunity to represent them in parliament again.
Yeye woman!

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by IFEOLUWAKRIZ: 11:46pm On May 01
cheesy
Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Xisnin(m): 11:46pm On May 01
How much is a speeding ticket to lose an MP seat over it?

SMH for her.

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Brandonx(m): 11:46pm On May 01
grin Nigerian women and lies 5$6 .. it cost nothing to be truthful. She was thinking it's Nigeria where you act like a demigod because of your political status.

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Xisnin(m): 11:47pm On May 01
SoNature:
Nigerians will never change.
Always representing us in bad light.
Now, the people will never give a Nigerian an opportunity to represent them in parliament again.
Yeye woman!

She is British, stop the character assasination of Nigerians.

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by holuwajaytee(m): 11:48pm On May 01
I feel for her.
Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by fasho01(m): 11:51pm On May 01
What a shame
Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Gerrard59(m): 11:54pm On May 01
She goofed!

Apparently, she didn't learn anything from the likes of Bim Afolami and Sam Gyimah or any other parliamentarian.

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Generalnomercy: 12:03am On May 02
Ihedioha2019:


Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya loses seat after recall petition

Fiona Onasanya, the MP found guilty of lying to avoid a speeding ticket, has become the first parliamentarian to be removed from office after a recall petition, triggering a byelection in her Peterborough seat.


Nigel Farage’s Brexit party will field its first parliamentary candidate in the seat, which voted 60-40 to leave the EU. The bellwether constituency usually swings behind the party that wins a general election.


More than one in four registered voters – 27.64% – signed an official notice calling for the removal of Onasanya, according to a spokesperson for Peterborough city council. This was well above the 10% threshold.


The Speaker, John Bercow, announced in the House of Commons on Wednesday night that the petition had been successful. “Fiona Onasanya is no longer the member for Peterborough and the seat is accordingly vacant,” he told the Commons.


Onasanya, 35, will automatically stop receiving her parliamentary salary, expenses and pension payments, said a spokesman for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. She becomes a preserved member of the pension scheme but can no longer contribute to it.


Onasanya, a solicitor, committed Christian and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, was plucked from political obscurity to stand in the Cambridgeshire city in 2017.
She is still to face a misconduct tribunal, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed, which could mean that she could no longer practise in law.

Local sources said the byelection is expected to be held on June 6, after the European elections on 23 May.


Labour, as Onasanya’s former party, said the party would trigger the process on Thursday by moving a motion in parliament. Onasanya could in theory stand in a byelection, but friends have said this is unlikely.

Farage confirmed on Twitter that his new party will fight the byelection but has refused to say whether he might stand. A Brexit candidate could well take votes off both main parties but would be particularly challenging for the Conservative candidate, Paul Bristow.

Ian Lavery MP, the Labour party chair, said: “Labour campaigned hard for a victory in this recall petition. The people of Peterborough clearly agree that Fiona Onasanya is not fit to be their MP and we’re delighted they will now have the chance to vote for a Labour MP in our excellent candidate, Lisa Forbes.”

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Beki Sellick, said: “Brexit is the issue on the doorstep, even when simply campaigning for the council elections.”

Labour won Peterborough by just 607 votes in the 2017 general election, in a surprise victory over the Conservative Stewart Jackson, who had held the seat since 2005.
The petition was automatically triggered after Onasanya failed to overturn a conviction for perverting the course of justice.

It is the first time an MP has been recalled under the statute. An attempt to recall the DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr in September failed when 9.4% of constituents supported it.

Chris Davies, the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, will face a recall petition on 9 May after pleading guilty to submitting a false expenses claim.

Onasanya was suspended and urged to quit her seat by Labour after her conviction in December for perverting the course of justice.

Her barrister told the court that she had continued to stand as an independent MP because it was her only source of income.
She lied to officers about who was driving her car in an attempt to avoid penalty points, after the vehicle was recorded speeding at 41mph in a 30mph zone near Thorney, Cambridgeshire.
She received a three-month suspended sentence in January, after the judge accepted her claim that she was under immense pressure and could not cope as a new MP when the offence took place. She spent less than a month in prison before being allowed out while wearing a tag.
MPs are automatically disqualified from holding their seat if they are sentenced to more than a year in jail. Any prison sentence, even a suspended one, can trigger a recall petition. This can force a byelection if signed by one in ten voters in a constituency.
Source: https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/01/disgraced-mp-fiona-onasanya-loses-seat-after-recall-petition
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Source: https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/01/disgraced-mp-fiona-onasanya-loses-seat-after-recall-petition
Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by daddytime(m): 12:06am On May 02
Na blood e dey...she no quick remember say no be Africa or Naija she dey...

Who wan claim this disgrace now...

Is it igbo amaka or afonja amaka....
Make una no abandon her in this time of need o...una must come carry una kaya...

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by babyfaceafrica: 12:06am On May 02
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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by Tripitaka(m): 12:09am On May 02
Nofavorss:
Ibos. What a shame!
Bros! I'm shocked to see that you go this route. Please don't bring this to the beer parlor . Thank you Cruella

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by PrecisionFx(m): 12:14am On May 02
Nofavorss:
Ibos. What a shame!

Pig.

Onasanya is not an IGBO name.

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by kanayo76: 12:15am On May 02
Does that name sounds like Ibo?, flat headed onye ofe mmanu
Nofavorss:
Ibos. What a shame!

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Re: Fiona Onasanya Disgraced, Loses Seat After Recall Petition In The United Kingdom by eagleeye2: 12:19am On May 02
make una free that guy wey dey talk igbo. like cruella said "hydraulic soup is causing blindness to him"

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