Fiona Onasanya, the disgraced former Labour MP for Peterborough, has been ousted in a recall petition by constituents. It is the first time that the recall petition has lead to the removal of an MP since the process was introduced by David Cameron in 2015.
19,261 constituents in Peterborough signed the petition for her to be removed as their MP, representing 27.6% of eligible residents which was far beyond the 10% required.
John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, said in a statement:
“Fiona Onasanya is no longer the member for Peterborough and the seat is accordingly vacant. She can therefore no longer participate in any parliamentary proceedings as a member of parliament.”
Onasanya has confirmed that she will be not be standing in the by-election, posting on Twitter:
“In light of the recall result, I will not be seeking to stand in the by-election, but would encourage every person seeking to be the change they wish to see by saying this: You can do it – the sky is not the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.”