As the doors of Peterborough town hall opened and the signs for the first recall petition in English history were stuck to the wall, a Royal Mail van pulled up and delivered postal votes calling for the removal of Fiona Onasanya MP.
The cathedral city on the edge of the fens is being asked whether it wants to recall its independent MP after she was found guilty by a unanimous verdict of repeatedly lying to police about a speeding offence.
A by-election will be called if 10 per cent of eligible constituents — estimated to be about 7,000 people — sign the petition. The recall petition will cost approximately £500,000 to run, with the costs met fully by the government.
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