Nigerian born British Member of Parliament(MP), Fiona Onasanya, has become the first ever MP to be removed from office by a recall petition.
Onasanya was jailed in January for three months after a re-trial at the Old Bailey for lying to the police to avoid a speeding ticket.
She was released after serving less than a month in jail.
Peterborough City Council said in a statement on Wednesday that 19,261 constituents had signed the petition after recall petition votes were counted.
According to the council, “19,261 people signed the Peterborough parliamentary seat recall petition , representing 27.64 percent of the number of people eligible to sign. The petition is successful and the Peterborough seat is now vacant”.
The percentage required to remove her from office is 10% signatures of the constituents.
Recall petitions can be triggered in the UK if a MP is convicted of an offence and handed a custodial sentence, including a suspended sentence.
Onasanya has become the first MP to be removed by the recall process, introduced by David Cameron in 2015.
Onasanya, a former Labour Party member, has repeatedly denied culpability and she is still eligible to stand in the by-election which is expected to take place in early June.
The 35-year-old was first elected in 2017.