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Former MP Fiona Onasanya struck off as solicitor

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Commercial property law specialist was jailed for three months after lying to avoid speeding points

Former MP Fiona Onasanya

A former MP jailed for perverting the course of justice has been struck off the roll.

Fiona Onasanya, a commercial property law specialist, was found guilty last year of lying to police about who was driving her car when it was snapped by a speed camera in Thorney, near Peterborough, on 24 July 2017. The 35-year-old ex-Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland) lawyer was jailed for three months following a retrial.

Striking her from the roll, a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) found she had “failed to act with integrity” and “uphold the rule of law and proper administration of justice”. It also said that Onasanya, who subsequently lost her seat as MP for Peterborough, had “acted dishonestly”, BBC News reports.

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During the trial, the Old Bailey heard how the ex-Labour MP had plotted with her brother, Festus Onasanya, to deceive police by claiming a former tenant, Alek Antipow, was driving her vehicle at the time of the incident. Subsequent inquiries by police revealed Antipow was at home with his parents in Russia at the time.

Despite losing her appeal against conviction in March, the University of Hertfordshire law graduate told the SDT: “I maintain that I did not do an act tending or intending to pervert the course of public justice.”

Onasanya’s brother was jailed 10 months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice.

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Anonymous

Considering she was an MP, her sentence should have been at least 3 years. I guess the law doesn’t apply to crooked politicians.

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Anonymous

All MPs advocating for a second referendum/revoking Article 50 should be tried for treason. Useless and undemocratic MPs who cannot accept the will of 17.4m people should not be our MPs.

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Anonymous

Pretty sure that peacefully holding a political opinion contrary to the majority does not fall within the definition of high treason.

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Trainee

In law, treason is criminal disloyalty to the state. This is exactly what undemocratic remainer MPs are doing.

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Anonymous

Publicly disagreeing with the policies of the government of the day does not constitute treason unless you’re living in a totalitarian dictatorship. I’m assuming crime and public law weren’t your strongest areas?

Anonymous

Must have missed that in the 1348 statute which defines the offence of treason.

Treason is much more narrowly defined and not defined in relation to “the state”.

Disagreeing with a referendum is not compassing and imagining the death of the monarch, nor levying war on the Crown, nor any of the other aspects of the offence of treason.

Anonymous

Rather, it doesn’t apply to women of colour because ‘DIVERSITY’!

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Anonymous

What an ignominious end for the sake of few penalty points. Mind boggling.

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Kirkland Trainee

“University of Hertfordshire law graduate…” 😂😂😂😂

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Anonymous

Surprisingly made it into Eversheds though, which is the same tier as your awful firm

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Anonymous

Keep dreaming mate

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Kirkland NQ

Chip on the shoulder mate? Were you that pauper I threw my used Rolex at last week?

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Anonymous

Firstly, if you actually worked in the City I expect you’d be pretending to wear something more refined than a Rolex.

Secondly, what do you mean by used? Either you bought it second-hand; or your approach to your pretend watch is the same as toilet roll, namely discard after one use?

Haven’t you got some resits to revise for?

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Kirkland NQ

Laughing my ass off here at the small dick energy from that post. Keep up the jealousy bro, it feeds me.

STD Panel

That will be £2 million in tribunal costs, please. An open and shut case, so a bargain of a strike-off.

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Anonymous

Ridiculous behavior. Although she should be applauded for keeping those sunglasses I always see her wearing in such good condition. Next stop, endorsing good quality sunglasses cases.

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Anonymous

She’s a criminal. Should never be allowed to practice law or work as a public servant.

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Sick of perfect people

What’s your record like? Oh the sound of perfection. Remember to be faultless for the rest of your days. Otherwise we may see you on here.

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Anonymous

OP – she wasn’t a criminal at the time she became a solicitor or elected an MP. Unless you want a Minority Report-style future crimes division at the SRA and Electoral Commission I’m not sure what you are suggesting should have happened.

Reply @3:40 Perverting the course of justice is an extremely damaging crime to commit for someone in her position and something that most lawyers and public servants manage to avoid doing pretty easily. It isn’t wrong to strongly feel she should no longer be either, especially given the light sentence she got.

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