[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
MP loses appeal over driving ban
Northampton South MP Brian Binley
MP Brian Binley built up 12 points on his licence for speeding
An MP, who tried to get a driving ban overturned by claiming it would harm his constituents, has lost his appeal.

Brian Binley, MP for Northampton South, totted up 12 points on his licence when caught doing 37mph in a 30mph zone in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

The 65-year-old MP, with nine points already, was given three more and a ban in March, by Towcester magistrates.

Judge Richard Bray at Northampton Crown Court confirmed the six-month ban because he had the resources to cope.

Mr Binley, caught speeding in August last year, claimed he needed his car to reach constituents in his rural seat.

Judge Bray, rejecting the appeal, said: "Though we accept that there can be inconveniences for him, we find that he has the resources to provide transport for himself during the short six-month disqualification."

Speaking after the hearing Mr Binley said: "If anyone wants proof of the inconsistency in this area of law, they have just found it."

MP's identity stolen while away
17 Jan 06 |  Northamptonshire
UK 'lax' over identity theft
16 Oct 05 |  Business
Call for 'tougher' ID fraud fight
14 Aug 05 |  Business

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific