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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
Lord Kinnock on speeding charges
Lord Kinnock
Lord Kinnock did not appear in court in Bath
Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock is to appear in court in south Wales to face two separate charges of speeding.

British Council chair Lord Kinnock, 64, was due to appear before Bath magistrates on one charge on Thursday, but the court deferred the case.

The ex-Islwyn MP, who led Labour from 1983 to 1992, is accused of breaking a temporary 40mph speed limit and a 50mph limit on the M4.

Both charges will be heard by Abergavenny magistrates on 26 April.

The Bath court deferred the first case in which Lord Kinnock was allegedly caught on camera on 24 June, 2005 speeding in a 40mph zone.

The peer, whose address was given as Ealing in west London, did not appear in court and the case was adjourned.

In the second case he allegedly broke the 50mph limit near the Second Severn Crossing toll booths on 5 November last year.

Magistrates at Abergavenny will now deal with both matters when Lord Kinnock, former vice-president of the European Commission, is expected to attend.


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