Christian MP convicted for perverting course of justice likens herself to convicted biblical characters

Thu 20 Dec 2018
By Cara Bentley

Fiona Onasanya, the Labour MP for Peterborough, found guilty in court on Wednesday has compared her plight to Jesus.

She said: "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."

Onasanya was found guilty at the Old Bailey of not only driving above the speed limit in July 2017 but also denying that it was her driving. She is yet to be sentenced but has been suspended from the Labour Party and urged to quit.

The Times report that in a Whatsapp message to other Labour MPs she wrote: "As many of you are already aware, due to widespread media coverage, I was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Although I vigorously maintained my innocence, the jury has decided that I am guilty.

"I campaigned for justice and for the interests of ordinary people throughout my entire working life to date, but it is this which has made both national and international press. The first jury was dismissed having failed to reach a decision last month but the second jury reached their conclusion within days.

"Regardless of what you believe or suspect, the fact remains that I Fiona, sought to be the choice and voice of change, but this may now take a different path. More than ever before I am asking that you commit time in prayer for my family."

She added that she does not feel isolated in her position: "In times like these the natural inclination of believers is to ask God why? I personally do not, because in my experience the answers are usually far above and beyond my reach. 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."

Finally, she added that Jesus was also found guilty: "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 but rather the beginning of the next chapter in his story.

"Please pray that my family will find peace and strength in this perilous time through this guilty verdict."

Her faith was also referenced in court, with Labour's chief whip, Nick Brown saying: "She is a person of strong personal beliefs rooted in her religious faith.

"I judge her to be honest, trustworthy and reliable."

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