Peterborough's MP Faces Court Charge

25 July 2018, 19:36 | Updated: 25 July 2018, 19:41

Peterborough MP

Cambridgeshire Police say Peterborough's MP Fiona Onasanya has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

The Labour MP appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 12 as the 34 year-old faced accusations she lied about a speeding offence.

A Labour Party spokesman said: ""It would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing case."

The Crown Prosecution Service said Onasanya faces two charges of perverting the course of justice, and will appear at the Old Bailey on August 13.

Count one is:

"On a day between the 24th day of July 2017 and the 29th day of September 2017 with intent to pervert the course of public justice, did an act which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice in that you, together with Festus Onasanya, during the course of an investigation by the Cambridgeshire Police Camera Ticket and Collision Unit into an offence of driving a vehicle in excess of the speed limit on 24 July 2017 committed by you, falsely informed the investigating authorities that a third party had been the driver of the said vehicle, thereby placing the third party at risk of prosecution and punishment for the said offence and enabling you, as a consequence, to avoid such prosecution and punishment."

Count two is:

"On a day between the 23th day of August 2017 and the 17th day of October 2017 with intent to pervert the course of public justice, did an act which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice in that you, together with Festus Onasanya, during the course of an investigation by the Cambridgeshire Police Camera Ticket and Collision Unit into an offence of driving a vehicle in excess of the speed limit on 23 August 2017 committed by Festus Onasanya, falsely informed the investigating authorities that a third party had been the driver of the said vehicle, thereby placing the third party at risk of prosecution and punishment for the said offence and enabling Festus Onasanya, as a consequence, to avoid such prosecution and punishment."