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101mph speeding MP's driving ban

Elfyn Llwyd arriving at court
Mr Llwyd made no comment on the ban at Caernarfon Magistrates' Court

Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader, the Meirionnydd and Nant Conwy MP Elfyn Llwyd, has lost his driving licence for a month after admitting speeding.

Mr Llwyd pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Magistrates' Court to exceeding the 60mph limit on the A487 near Dolgellau, Gwynedd.

The prosecution said police spotted Mr Llwyd travelling at 101mph.

In addition to a 28-day ban, the politician was ordered to pay 675 in fines and costs.

The court was told that Mr Llwyd was stopped in his Mercedes car just south of Dolgellau in July last year.

However, the MP's solicitor said it was doubtful whether Mr Llwyd was driving at the 101mph claimed by the police.

Gerallt Jones also asked magistrates not to ban the MP, stating: "That would not only affect him personally, but also the way in which he serves his electorate."

He added that Mr Llwyd's constituency was one of the largest in terms of area in England and Wales, and that he held numerous surgeries across the constituency.

However, the argument was dismissed by the magistrates, who imposed the 28-day ban.

Mr Llwyd left court without making further comment.

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