A newly elected MP who was spotted using her mobile phone while behind the wheel of her car was today banned from driving for six months.
Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South-East, was also found to have no car insurance when stopped by police, Bolton magistrates heard.
The former barrister and human-rights lawyer had been elected as the constituency’s new MP on 6 May but four days later was caught by police while driving through the town talking on her mobile.
The Labour MP, who was not in court, apologised to magistrates through her solicitor, who said she would now have the "inconvenience" of having to use taxis and public transport.
Poor lamb. And for a single offence to.. oh.. wait…
the MP already had nine points on her licence when she was stopped shortly before 3pm on 10 May by police…
She had committed a previous offence of using her mobile phone while driving, in 2008, and two speeding offences, one in 2007 and the other last year.
Hmmm.. female Labour MP, former human rights lawyer, charged with using a phone while driving, already had points for speeding…
Remind you of anyone?
The minister was fined £350 and ordered to pay £75 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after her lawyer entered a guilty plea at City of Westminster magistrates court. Her driving licence was also endorsed with three points.
The court heard that Harman already has six penalty points on her licence after being caught speeding in a 30mph zone twice. The first incident happened in April 2007 and the second in April last year.
Might I suggest the strongest commonality is the conviction that the laws they make for the little people don’t apply to them.
I’ll be watching Ms Qureshi – further entertainment is almost inevitable.