Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya to appear in the dock at the Old Bailey

Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya will appear in the dock at the Old Bailey today charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Friday, 10th August 2018, 3:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 3:22 am
Fiona Onasanya

Ms Onasanya (34) will be expected to enter formal pleas to the two charges she faces when she appears at the famous London court today. The hearing is listed to start at 2pm in court room number 7.

The case will be heard by The Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC. The Recorder of London is the senior circuit judge sitting at the Old Bailey.

Ms Onasanya, who was was elected as Peterborough MP in June 2017, is alleged to have tried to blame someone else for speeding offences.

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Last month on Twitter she said: "I will be robustly defending all these allegations, and strongly refute any suggestions that I have broken the law."

She is jointly charged on both counts with her brother, Festus Onasanya.

Festus Onasanya is also charged with a third count of perverting the course of justice, which he faces by himself.

The first count relates to July 24 2017, and alleges that Ms Onasanya and her brother claimed a car caught speeding was being driven by someone else, when it is said Ms Onasanya was behind the wheel.

The second charge alleges the pair tried to blame someone else when it is claimed Festus was caught speeding on August 23 last year.

The charge relating to Festus Onasanya alone relates to a similar allegation on June 17 2017.

The allegations against Ms Onasanya came to light at the end of last month - two weeks after she first appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court for a preliminary hearing relating to the case.

Labour MP Ms Onasanya has not responded to a number of questions posed by The Peterborough Telegraph, including why she had not revealed she faced the allegations.

The Labour Party have also refused to comment about the case.