Thursday, May 2, 2019

UK: Recall effort against Labour MP gets to the ballot; First recall ever in the UK

The first ever UK recall will be going to the ballot, as petitioners handed in enough signatures to get a recall against former Labour Party MP Fiona Onasanya (Peterborough) on the ballot. Onasanya is considered removed, though she is allowed to run in the replacement race. Petitioners got 19261 signatures (27.6% of eligible residents. They needed about 7000 (10%). The recall is estimated to cost about £500,000 ($650,000).

The recall took place after she was convicted due to claiming someone else was driving her car when she was caught speeding (11 mph over the limit). Onasanya has already been expelled from the Labour Party and spent three months in jail.

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