As MPs begin to drift back to their constituencies this afternoon, there's one MP who’s definitely not finished the year on a high. Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was found guilty yesterday of perverting the course of justice, after a court found that she had lied to police about speeding and using her mobile phone to avoid getting points on her driving license.
Obviously being found guilty of a serious offence while being an elected representative would prompt some soul searching, but Onasanya has come up with a rather novel interpretation of what the judgment means for her.
In a series of WhatsApp messages sent to her Labour colleagues (which have now been revealed to the Times) Onasanya asked them to pray for her and compared her plight to that of several biblical figures, including Jesus.
In the missive, she first hinted that she would not quit as an MP, and said that this was now the beginning of a ‘new chapter’ of her ‘story’, much like Jesus.
And then went on to say:
‘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.’
Mr S must have missed that section of the Old Testament where Moses was caught speeding down the M25...