Fiona Onasanya, 35, allegedly schemed to claim a Russian man was behind the wheel of her Nissan Micra.

It was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone near Thorney, Cambs, in July 2017.

The MP, elected in Peterborough a month before the incident, said she was distracted by ill health and her “leap” into politics which landed her with thousands of emails.

Onasanya said she initially believed she was in Westminster on July 24 last year at the time the car was clocked in Cambridgeshire, on the basis it was a Monday when Parliament is often sitting.

So, Onasanya said, she left a Notice of Intended Prosecution letter at her mother's address for whoever was driving at the time to reply to.

"When was the first time you started to piece together your movements on July 24," her lawyer, Christine Agnew QC, asked.

The MP replied: "When the solicitors I instructed in July this year said 'You need to go over your steps'."

Onasanya denies perverting justice. The Old Bailey trial continues.

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