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Harriet Harman faces driving with mobile prosecution


Reporters asked Harriet Harman how she would plead to the charges

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman is to be prosecuted over a minor car accident near her south London constituency in July.

She faces prosecution for allegedly driving without due care and attention and driving while using a mobile phone.

The Crown Prosecution Service has said there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute.

A spokeswoman for Ms Harman said she "strongly refutes the allegations and will deny the charges".

It follows press reports about a crash in Dulwich, south London, on 3 July.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said Ms Harman had been advised that she faces prosecution.

She added it would be for the police to obtain a summons from a magistrates court to be served on Ms Harman - a method of bringing someone before a court without formally charging them.

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