Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya says 'I'm innocent' as she faces ejection by voters
Voters will be asked whether the 35-year-old should keep her place in the House of Commons after lying about a speeding charge.
A disgraced MP has pleaded with voters not to remove her from the House of Commons as she insisted she is innocent - despite being found guilty by a court.
A recall petition will open on Tuesday, in which local voters will be asked whether Fiona Onasanya should lose her seat as MP for Peterborough.
It comes after the 35-year-old lied about a speeding charge and was sentenced to three months in prison for perverting the course of justice.
A by-election will be triggered in her Peterborough seat if more than 10% of voters in the constituency sign the recall petition.
However, if less than around 7,000 voters don't sign the petition, Onasanya will keep her job as an MP and £77,379 salary.
Even if the recall petition is successful, Onasanya will still have the opportunity to contest the resulting by-election.
Ahead of the opening of the petition, which can be signed at ten venues across the constituency, Onasanya asked voters to keep her in a job.
Appearing in front of a blue screen in a video posted on her Twitter account, she said her wish to be voters' "voice of change in the corridors of power" had been "somewhat overshadowed" by her conviction.
Onasanya was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury, while she lost an appeal against her conviction earlier this month when judges ruled there was "absolutely no basis" for a challenge.
But, she said in the Twitter video: "Throughout the last few months, you would have seen news articles, television articles, and also read on social media about my case.
Onasanya seen leaving Bronzefield prison in Surrey last month after serving 28 days of her three-month sentence for perverting the course of justice
"And, all of this time, I have not been able to share my side. But, just like a coin has two sides, so does a story.
"And this is my time now to share with you, without media spin, what my side of the story is.
"From the outset, I have maintained my innocence. I have not perverted the course of justice.
"I have not colluded with my brother. My defence was never put across in the media.
"At all times, they always put forward the prosecution's case."
In the video, Onasanya did not provide any further details about her case.
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My view: She needs to do another clip explaining why she is innocent. It's not clear how she's now claiming she's innocent when she was accused of colluding with her brother, who pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice and was given a jail sentence of 10 months. This is a developed country and no one is above the law. You were assessed and convicted by the jury. So here's my advice, forget about your MP job and look for something else in the private sector.