Road safety champion Tory MP given six-month driving ban for speeding
Tory MP Richard Graham has been banned from driving for six months and had a road safety award withdrawn after he admitted to speeding.
The Gloucester MP was caught driving at 90mph in a 70mph speed limit on the A417 near Cirencester, in the Cotswolds, in December 2014.
Mr Graham won an award from road safety charity Brake last year but the accolade was withdrawn by the organisation yesterday.
He had been praised as one of the charity’s ‘Parliamentarians of the Year’ for his campaign for tougher sentencing for uninsured drivers who cause serious injury or death.
Gary Rae, campaigns manager for Brake, said: “We are disappointed with Mr Graham. He, like any other driver, must face the consequences of his actions and in this case the law has worked and he has been rightly banned. Speeding drivers risk not only their own lives but the lives of all those around them.
“Given that Mr Graham has worked with bereaved victims of road crashes, he ought to know that fact better than many.
“We have taken the decision to withdraw the road safety award that Mr Graham received in January this year.”
Mr Graham, who said he regretted his actions, arrived at court in his red and white striped bicycle, which he regularly uses.
The keen cyclist will be restricted to his two wheels after Stroud magistrates heard a how a police mobile speed camera snapped him speeding in his Honda CRV.
The Old Etonian MP said: “The circumstances are irrelevant. The law is the law, and we should all take the appropriate penalty.”
He was ordered to pay £663 including a victim surcharge and costs.