Fiona Onasanya reckons she's a bit like Jesus

Written by James Millar on 20 December 2018 in Diary

It doesn't look like the convicted MP is going to go quietly

Jesus, Moses, Fiona Onasanya - it's the obvious comparison. Peterborough MP Onasanya has been urged to quit parliament after being convicted for trying to avoid a speeding charge but in a WhatsApp message to her colleagues she seems to suggest that's not going to happen.

The MP tried to claim she was not at the wheel when her car was clocked going 41mph in a 30mph zone but an Old Bailey jury found her guilty of perverting the course of justice. Labour withdrew the whip and called on her to step down. If she's sentenced to more than a year in jail she'll automatically lose her seat anyway. She took Peterborough from the Conservatives with a wafer thin majority in 2017.

However she told her fellow Labour members today that she's a bit like Jesus. According to The Times newspaper she messaged colleagues to say, "What I do know is that I am in good biblical company along with Joseph, Moses, Daniel and his three Hebrew friends who were each found guilty by the courts of their day. While God did not save them from a guilty verdict he did save them in it and ensured that their greatest days of impact were on the other side of a guilty verdict. Of course this is equally true of Christ who was accused and convicted by the courts of his day and yet this was not his end rather the beginning of the next chapter of his story."

As the nation prepares to celebrate Christmas it's not clear if the MP expects her birthday to become a global celebration in years to come too.

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