There will be a by-election in Peterborough on 6th June in a constituency that voted heavily to Leave the European Union. This will be interesting.
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The Speaker has announced that the Recall Petition in #Peterborough has been successful.
As more than 10% of the constituency's electorate signed the petition, Fiona Onasanya is no longer an MP and there will be a by-election in Peterborough. pic.twitter.com/DGkTtjY5uO
— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) May 1, 2019
It comes after 19,261 (27%) of constituents signed a petition to recall Fiona Onasanya, who had been jailed.
The recall petition required 10% of constituents to sign it.
The former Labour MP received a three month sentence for perverting the course of justice.
The Opposition Chief Whip, Nick Brown, confirmed that the writ will be moved for the by-election today. That means the election will take place on 6th June, just weeks after the increasingly likely European Elections are due to take place.
Nigel Farage responded to the news by immediately tweeting: “I can confirm that the Brexit Party will fight the Peterborough by-election. We will give it our best shot.”
Ladbrokes tweeted their odds yesterday, with Labour the favourites on 8/11. They make the Brexit Party second favourites at 2/1 and the Tories third most likely to win the seat with odds at 5/1.
By-election time. pic.twitter.com/IdeINstZjM
— Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) May 1, 2019