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25/07/2018 18:09 BST | Updated 26/07/2018 09:10 BST

Labour MP Fiona Onasanya Charged With Perverting Course Of Justice

Peterborough MP accused of lying to avoid speeding points.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Fiona Onasanya on the campaign trail last year.

A Labour MP has been charged with perverting the course of justice after being accused of lying to avoid speeding points.

Cambridgeshire Police said Fiona Onasanya, who represents Peterborough, has already been before magistrates and is to return on August 13.

The Press Association reported court records show she was charged over allegedly lying about who was behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle.

Prosecutors have accused the MP of conspiring with her younger brother to avoid penalty points, in echoes of the case that ended the career of former Lib Dem minister Chris Huhne.

The 34-year-old was elected last year on the back of the Labour Party surge, winning the seat from Tory Stewart Jackson by just 607 votes.  

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson said: “Fiona Oluyinka Onasanya, 34, from Peterborough has been charged with one count of perverting the course of justice.

“She appeared at Westminster Magistrate’s Court on 12 July and is due to appear in court again on 13 August.”

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The Crown Prosecution Service said Onasanya faces two charges of perverting the course of justice.

It says the two charges involve Onasanya and her brother, Festus, who “falsely informed the investigating authorities that a third party had been the driver” of a speeding vehicle.

Onasanya, who was a solicitor before her election to Parliament, is a Labour whip, meaning she is responsible for party discipline.

After losing the seat, Jackson took up a role as David Davis’ chief of staff until the then Brexit secretary quit earlier this month.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “It would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing case.”