Disgraced ex-Labour MP Fiona Onasanya votes against Brexit ‘while wearing electronic ankle tag’ in her first Commons vote since prison release
- Fiona Onasanys cast her first vote since being released from prison tonight
- She is believed to have been wearing the electronic tag which is a condition of early release
- Onasanya, 35, who was elected as a Labour MP, served less than four weeks for lying about who was driving her car when it was caught speeding in July 2017
Theresa May’s catastrophically heavy defeat in the House of Commons this evening would have been one vote lighter were it not for disgraced Labour MP Fiona Onasanya who voted against the PM – while believed to be wearing an electronic tag around her ankle.
The vote she cast against the Prime Minister’s deal tonight was her first in the Commons since her release from prison last month.
The independent member for Peterborough, who was stripped of the Labour whip after her conviction, travelled to Parliament to vote against the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.
Fiona Onasanya MP, who is believed to have been sporting an electronic tag around her ankle for tonight’s Brexit vote
She has faced calls to step down and allow a by-election to take place in her constituency – but has refused, and has maintained her innocence throughout her prosecution.
Ms Onasnaya was sentenced to three months in jail on January 29 after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Fiona Onasanya was sentenced on January 29 and released four weeks later
The 35-year-old, who was elected as a Labour MP, served less than four weeks for lying about who was driving her car when it was caught speeding in July 2017.
She served her sentence at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey and was released on February 26.
She is understood to have been released under ‘home detention curfew’ where low-risk offenders are tagged and must stay in their house between certain hours.
Ms Onasanya submitted an appeal against her conviction, but it was thrown out by judge Sir Brian Leveson at the Royal Courts of Justice last week.
That decision allowed House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to begin the formal process for a recall petition, which will allow her constituents to trigger a by-election if more than 10 per cent of local voters sign it.
The recall petition will be open for six weeks from March 19 until May 1.
She won the seat in the 2017 election with a narrow majority of 607, after defeating the Conservative incumbent Stewart Jackson.