Fiona Onasanya, the MP for Peterborough, who was found guilty of perverting the course of justice, has indicated that she will not be standing down. She wrote in an article for Peterborough Today that she intended to continue as the city’s representative in Parliament, saying:
“While it has been a successful year fighting back against these injustices, there is still much more to be done, and you can rest assured that I will continue to do so as your representative in the corridors of power”.
Mark Edwards, the editor of Peterborough Today, said in a statement justifying his paper’s publishing of the disgraced MP’s column said:
“The PT offers columns to the two sitting MPs covering Peterborough if they choose to submit one. While she is still the MP – and therefore the elected representative – we believe it would be wrong to deny our readers the chance to read what she has submitted. To censor the column would, in my view, be wrong, and in my experience our readers are quite capable of making their own minds up about the columns submitted by local politicians. The column will of course remain subject to our normal legal and Editor’s Code of Conduct boundaries”.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, confirmed that the MP has been suspended from the Labour Party and he called on her to resign from her seat, saying:
“Obviously, she is not going to remain as the Member of Parliament because she been found guilty in a court of law”.