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Harperson Guilty of Speeding Again

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MP Harman gets driving ban for speeding | Mail Online

Solicitor General Harriet Harman was today banned from driving for seven days and fined £400 after admitting speeding at 99mph on a motorway.
North Wiltshire Magistrates Court in Chippenham heard how the MP for Camberwell and Peckham was driving on the westbound carriageway of the M4 near Swindon, Wiltshire, on January 8 this year when she was stopped by police.
Prosecutor Colin Meeke told the court that a laser speed detector had recorded her speed at 99mph in a 70mph zone.

Ms Harman was said to be taking her son back to Bristol University after the Christmas break when the incident happened.

Representing Ms Harman in her absence, defending solicitor Tim Dixon said: "Ms Harman is of course extremely sorry that she exceeded the speed limit and she does not seek to make any excuse for the offence.

"She was travelling in the outside lane when she approached and overtook a gaggle of HGV vehicles, she thought she was adhering to the speed limit."

Mr Dixon said his client had been driving for 26 years without incident and the court heard she had a full and clean driving licence.

Ms Harman was extremely sorry and also added police had been very courteous to her, Mr Dixon said.

She was disqualified with immediate effect for seven days, fined £400 and ordered to pay £35 costs.

Ms Harman 52, is married with one daughter and two sons.
After studying politics at York University she qualified as a lawyer and worked at Brent Law Centre in London, handling cases on behalf of community groups, trade unions and tenants.

From there she went on to be Legal Officer at the National Council for Civil Liberties. There she handled civil liberties cases, and equality cases under the Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts which had just come into force.
She was elected MP for Camberwell and Peckham in a by-election in 1982 and appointed to the Labour front bench in July 1984.

In 1997 she became Secretary of State for Social Security, before returning to the backbenches in 1998. Throughout her career she has campaigned on child care, domestic violence and equality for women.

After being re-elected as MP for Camberwell and Peckham in June 2001, Harriet returned to the Government's front bench as Solicitor General.
Motoring convictions

In 2003, Harman was fined £400 and banned from driving for seven days after being convicted of driving at 99 mph (159 km/h) on a motorway, 29 mph (47 km/h) above the speed limit.[77]

In 2007, Harman was issued with a £60 fixed penalty notice and given three penalty points on her licence for driving at 50 mph (80 km/h) in a temporary 40 mph (64 km/h) zone. Harman paid the fine several months late and avoided appearing at Ipswich magistrates court. Harman was again caught breaking the speed limit the following April, this time in a 30 mph zone, receiving a further 3 points on her driving licence.

In January 2010, Harman pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in relation to an incident on 3 July where she struck another vehicle whilst driving using a mobile phone, she admitted the offence in court becoming the first serving Cabinet minister in memory to plead guilty to a criminal offence. Harman was fined £350, ordered to pay £70 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and had three points added to her licence. Road safety organisations such as Brake condemned the leniency of the punishment and decision to drop the charge of driving whilst using a mobile phone. The judge defended the decision stating "Ms Harman’s guilty plea to driving without due care and attention included her admitting that she had been using a mobile phone at the time".
 
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Somebody rounded it down by 1mph for her, how kind.

Oh Jarrod, you cynical little scamp you! You mean someone ensured she didn't get an automatic 3 month ban and a huge £1k plus fine like mere mortals get when going over the ton?



"…Mr Dixon said his client had been driving for 26 years without incident…"

Except for her previous incidents?
 
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Hang on, wasn't it her who hit someone in her car then sped off saying, "I'm Harriet Harman, you know where to find me"? Could someone please remind us what punishment someone who isn't a party aparatchik would face for failing to stop & report & the insurance* implications?

*mind you she probably claims the insurance on expenses despite being a filthy rich champagne socialist...
 
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"Oh I do apologise Your Honour, my clients very, very, very minor previous driving convictions completely slipped her mind, much like the National speed limit."
 
#7
So can others now use Regina v Harman if they are doing 99mph?
And get let off with a 7 day ban?
Jockeys get longer for whipping their horses to much in a race!!!
 

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Oh Jarrod, you cynical little scamp you! You mean someone ensured she didn't get an automatic 3 month ban and a huge £1k plus fine like mere mortals get when going over the ton?



"…Mr Dixon said his client had been driving for 26 years without incident…"

Except for her previous incidents?
Oh I thought it was a 12 month ban, silly me, cynical oh you bet. I'd not trust one of that lot with a £1 coin if given a shopping list of a bag of crisps.
 
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How flexy is the 70mph top limit? I'm never sure about this these days. Generally I know I'm ok at 80mph if there is other traffic at same speeds. I do and like to drive fast though if possible...always good to know what the law is and with plans to raise the limit ...hard to know what's going on....
10% plus two is the norm, ACPO guidelines and all that. Motorway, normally slightly higher but there's bound to be a 'black rat' (traffic cop) on here who will advise.
 
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**** me, you're quick off the mark - Harperson ceased to be Solicitor General in 2005!

Which does mean that at the time the defence was used, it was correct (indeed your list of 'previous' convictions clearly shows this one, in 2003!)



I would like to make it clear that I'm not defending her though, I still think she's a ****.
 
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**** me, you're quick off the mark - Harperson ceased to be Solicitor General in 2005!

Which does mean that at the time the defence was used, it was correct (indeed your list of 'previous' convictions clearly shows this one, in 2003!)

I would like to make it clear that I'm not defending her though, I still think she's a ****.
Yep, my bad as the Mail article header shows todays date. I saw it when looking for Huhne's ongoing case, which is set for trial in May this year.
 
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Yep, my bad as the Mail article header shows todays date. I saw it when looking for Huhne's ongoing case, which is set for trial in May this year.
It never does to forget how venal & corrupt they were. It's not a Tory monopoly, you know.

How much did they take from Ecclestone to exempt F1 from the tobacco advertising ban? How many times was Mandlebum sacked and where did he get the cash to buy Dunmatelots, his highly expensive pad? Who exactly were the Hinduja brothers? Cherie Booth, property magnate extraordinaire, the list goes on & on.
 
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It never does to forget how venal & corrupt they were. It's not a Tory monopoly, you know.

How much did they take from Ecclestone to exempt F1 from the tobacco advertising ban? How many times was Mandlebum sacked and where did he get the cash to buy Dunmatelots, his highly expensive pad? Who exactly were the Hinduja brothers? Cherie Booth, property magnate extrorinaire, the list goes on & on.
When will we get a politician that leads by example?
 

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