To unpack the headline:
- Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya (elected as Labour, since expelled) has lost her appeal against a conviction for perverting the course of justice.
- Her jail sentence is not long enough to force a Parliamentary by-election and the review process has concluded without it being increased.
- However (thanks to one of the political reforms the Liberal Democrats did secure during the coalition years), voters in Peterborough can trigger a by-election anyway if enough of them sign an official request.
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