04:33, February 26 54 0 theguardian.com

2019-02-26 04:33:06
MP Fiona Onasanya released from prison after serving a month

The Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya has been released from prison after serving a month of her sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Onasanya, who was expelled by the Labour party, was driven out of HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, on Tuesday morning.

She was jailed for three months at the Old Bailey on 29 January after being convicted of perverting the course of justice by lying to avoid a speeding charge.

Onasanya, 35, sat in the back of a white Sodexo-branded Vauxhall with the closest window to her covered by a hi-vis jacket as it drove past photographers.

She continues to sit as an independent MP, despite calls for her resignation. Onasanya is also appealing against her conviction.

A prison sentence of at least 12 months is required for the automatic removal of an MP under parliamentary rules.

But a lesser sentence can result in a recall petition, which would result in a byelection if it is signed by more than 10% of the electorate in the constituency.

Onasanya, a solicitor by profession, is expected to have to obey strict conditions as part of her early release. It came after the Attorney General’s Office ruled her sentence was not unduly lenient following a complaint being lodged.

Jurors were told Onasanya colluded with her brother Festus after her car was clocked at 41mph in a 30mph zone in the village of Thorney, near Peterborough, in July 2017.

She was sent a notice of intended prosecution to fill out, but it was sent back naming the driver as Aleks Antipow, an acquaintance of her brother, who was away visiting his parents in Russia.

Festus Onasanya was sentenced to 10 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice over speeding, including in relation to the 24 July incident.

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