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Labour MP convicted for perverting the course of justice has said she intends to stay in the House of Commons, despite facing a possible jail sentence.

Fiona Onasanya was suspended by Labour after being found guilty at the Old Bailey earlier this month and the party said in a statement that she should quit as MP for Peterborough.

But writing in the Peterborough Telegraph, she said constituents should “rest assured” that she would remain their representative fighting injustice in the corridors of power.

Under parliamentary rules, Ms Onasanya would lose her seat in the Commons only if she is jailed for 12 months or more at her sentencing, expected next month.

In the article – headlined “I will continue to fight against injustices” – Ms Onasanya made no mention of her December 19 conviction for lying to police to avoid a speeding charge.

Instead, the 35-year-old solicitor provided a recap of her involvement in events at Westminster over the past year, including battles over Brexit, Universal Credit and austerity, as well as local controversies about working conditions at an Amazon warehouse and the planned closure of a tax office.

“It’s an honour to be your voice for change over an incredibly consequential period of British politics,” said Ms Onasanya.

 

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