A member of parliament who was found guilty of swapping speeding points has compared herself to Jesus Christ. Former Labour whip Fiona Onasanya was found guilty of perverting the course of justice following an Old Bailey retrial for lying to police to avoid a speeding charge.
The 35-year-old solicitor was accused of colluding with her brother Festus after her car was clocked going 41mph in a 30mph zone in the village of Thorney near Peterborough.
In a message which the Mirror understands was sent to her parliamentary colleagues, Onasanya began by comparing her experiences to the biblical figures of Joseph, Moses and Daniel.
She said: “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.
“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.”
Joseph was falsely imprisoned after he rejected the advances of his master’s wife and she told her husband he had tried to attack her. After his imprisonment he was made Vizier of Egypt.
Moses led the Jews out of slavery in Egypt and wrote down the Ten Commandments. After his imprisonment under the Pharaoh, Moses is said to have literally parted the Red Sea in order for his followers to escape.
Fiona Onasanya and brother Festus
Daniel was a young Jewish youth taken captive in Babylon. He interpreted dreams and received apocalyptic visions.
She went on to compare her experiences to that of Jesus: “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.”
Jesus Christ literally rose from the dead following his execution, according to the New Testament. He went on to appear to his disciples several times before his ascension into heaven to rule the Universe at his father’s right hand.
Onasanya, who was elected in June 2017, was found guilty of one count of perverting the course of justice following a retrial at the Old Bailey. She will be sentenced alongside her brother on a date yet to be determined.