A former UK lawmaker, Fiona Onasanya, who was jailed for perverting the course of justice and deposed as a Member of Parliament, has been struck off the list of solicitors in the UK.
Daily Mail reports indicated that Onasanya was struck off as a solicitor on Tuesday and accused of failing the public after being jailed for lying to avoid a speeding conviction.
The former MP was asked to appear before a three-man panel at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in central London.
She arrived for the hearing with her mother Paulina and told the disciplinary tribunal that she was innocent. However, she was still struck off the roll of solicitors.
Edward Nally, chairman of the panel said, “As a parliamentarian makes the law so a solicitor must uphold the law and rule of law, and sadly, in this case, Ms Onasanya has failed in those duties.
‘We must strike off Ms Onasanya from the roll of solicitors.’
The tribunal found she acted dishonestly, failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in her.
“I always said, and I maintain that I did not do an act intending and intended to pervert the course of justice. I have pointed out that it was not said that I was driving the car that was not part of the issue,” Onasanya told the panel in her defence.
The ex-lawyer was caught doing 41mph in a 30mph zone on The Causeway in Thorney, Cambridgeshire, shortly after 10:00 p.m. on 24 July 2017 – but told police she was not behind the wheel.
She was jailed for three months following an Old Bailey trial, for perverting the course of justice.
Onasanya is a former Labour Party Member of Parliament. She was elected in the 2017 United Kingdom general election for the constituency of Peterborough, which she represented from 8 June 2017 to 1 May 2019.