Fiona Oluyinka Onasanya born August 1983 is a British solicitor and suspended Labour Party politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Peterborough in 2017. In December 2018, Onasanya was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for lying to police to avoid a speeding charge.
Early life and career
Of Nigerian ancestry, Onasanya was born in Cambridge. Her parents, Frank and Paulina Onasanya, separated when she was three and she lived with her mother and younger brother. Onasanya was educated at Netherhall School, studied law at the University of Hertfordshire and then attended the University of Law. Onasanya was admitted as a solicitor in November 2015. She worked as a solicitor at Eversheds, Howes Percival, Nockolds and DC Law, specializing in commercial property law,.
Onasanya was elected as a Labour Cambridgeshire County Councillor for King’s Hedges in Cambridge in 2013 and deputy leader of the Labour group on the council. She was also the local party’s spokeswoman for children and young people. In 2017 she unsuccessfully sought the nomination to be Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Onasanya moved to Peterborough in 2014.
In the 2017 general election, Onasanya was selected by the Labour Party to stand in the constituency of Peterborough, which had been held since 2005 by Stewart Jackson, a Conservative. Onasanya defeated Jackson with a majority of 607 votes and a 2.7% swing to Labour.
Onasanya was appointed as a Labour whip and as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith. She achieved some prominence when she quoted lyrics from Man’s Not Hot, a viral song, during a Budget debate in November 2017. She supported remain in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.
In 2018, she said that she wishes to be Britain’s first black female prime minister.