The Leader of UKIP, Gerard Batten has called on the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, to begin the process for a recall petition on Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya.

A judge convicted Ms Onasanya for perverting the course of justice last December, and today had her appeal against the conviction rejected. The former Labour Party member was thrown out of the party after she was found guilty.

The Recall of MPs Act 2015 provides a mechanism for recalling the MP which requires 10% of Peterborough's electorate to sign a petition which would force a by-election.

UKIP Leader Gerard Batten said:

"Ms Onasanya's actions are a disgrace to the office of MP. Fortunately, the people of Peterborough have a way to redress this by signing a petition for her recall. I ask that the Speaker of the House John Bercow notify the Chief Executive of Peterborough Council to begin the recall process at the earliest opportunity.

"If Ms Onasanya is recalled, UKIP will stand our candidate John Whitby in the forthcoming by-election. Peterborough voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU (60.9%-39.1%), and Mr Whitby will be the only candidate representing the Brexiteers of the city."

Mr Whitby is the UKIP councillor for the ward of Fletton & Stanground on Peterborough City Council and has held the seat since 2015.

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