Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was removed from her position after she was convicted of perverting the course of justice. Ms Onasanya was found guilty of lying to police to avoid being prosecuted for speeding. She was removed from office on May 1, 2019, after a successful recall petition, prompting a by-election.
The petition was signed by 19,261 of her constituents (27.64 per cent), which passed the 10 percent threshold needed to trigger a by-election.
The election will be held on Thursday, June 6 with a total of 15 candidates standing for election. These are:
- Conservative – Paul Bristow
- Labour – Lisa Forbes
- English Democrat – Stephen Goldspink
- Brexit Party – Mike Greene
- Monster Raving Loony – Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope
- UK EU – Pierre Kirk
- No description – Andrew Moore
- SDP – Patrick O’Flynn
- Common Good – Dick Rodgers
- Christian Peoples – Tom Rogers
- Liberal Democrats – Beki Sellick
- No description – Bobby Smith
- Renew – Peter Ward
- Green – Joseph Wells
- UKIP – John Whitby
Following their success in the European Elections, the Brexit Party are the clear favourites to win with odds of 1/5 according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.
Who is Brexit Party candidate Mike Greene?
Mike Greene, 54, spoke with Channel 4 News ahead of the upcoming by-election.
He said: “It’s not all about Brexit but to me, Brexit is the foundation.
“I’m in the building trade. You can build a beautiful looking house, a beautiful manifesto as the other parties keep going on about, but if it hasn’t got a solid foundation, it ain’t going to last long.”
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Mr Greene has previously appeared on Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire and was vocal about how he felt in regards to Ms Onasanya’s removal from office.
He said: “I find it quite disgusting in a way, a disgrace that this by-election even has to happen.
“The people of Peterborough chose Fiona Onasanya in good faith that she would work for them, would deliver for them and I never saw her in this city.
“We heard more about her when she was in prison than we ever did when she was an MP.
“The reason I support the Brexit Party is they’re the only party that in my view has absolute clarity and focus on what Brexit is.
“We need to write our own laws, we need to be in control of our own trade, we need to be in control of our own borders.”
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Who is Liberal Democrat candidate Beki Sellick?
The Liberal Democrats are third favourites to win, with odds of 16/1 compared to second favourite Labour at 5/1.
Liberal Democrat candidate Beki Sellick is a fierce remain campaigner and has urged voters on her Twitter account: “We must stop #Brexit. I would have stood down for an independent #Remain candidate but @LibDems are the strongest Remain Party and I’m the most consistent local campaigner, committed to #Peterborough to save services, combat climate change & protect jobs”
She said: “I’m an ordinary person who’s had a variety of jobs – nationalised and privatised, shop floor and management, full-time and part-time, redundant.
“And then I started my own business in Peterborough two years ago.
“I’ve lived in central Peterborough for 10 years. I work from home.
“My family and I use our public health and education services where I’ve contributed as a school governor and on our local NHS patient participation group.
“I chair our residents’ association where we run a monthly community café.”
Odds for who will win the Peterborough by-election according to Ladbrokes
- Brexit Party – 1/5
- Labour – 5/1
- Lib Dems – 16/1
- Conservatives – 25/1