Suffolk: Highways chief Graham Newman confesses his motoring sins

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Friday, July 18, 2014
5:35 PM

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for transport Graham Newman has admitted he hasn’t always been an angel on the road – but says he’s learned the error of his ways.

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Mr Newman, who took over the portfolio last May, admitted that he had twice been caught breaking the law before taking on his new role.

He was caught speeding at 37mph in the 30mph limit in Playford Road, Ipswich, and attended a speed awareness course as an alternative to paying a fine and getting penalty points.

In a separate incident he was spotted holding a mobile phone while in traffic in the Star Lane area of Ipswich. He was pulled over by a police officer and given a caution.

Mr Newman said he had been angry with himself over the incidents and that he was now even more careful to avoid breaking the laws of the road.

16 comments

  • Set up a radar speed trap in the 20mph restricted area in Felixstowe and you could hardly fail to catch out some more councillors!

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    John Shirley

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • I no longer feel surprised when I read things like this. Just resentment. Actually, thinking about it, it's been like this for quite some time now.

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    Liam Dodd

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • This is a truncated version of the story that appeared in the EADT. Is the editor of the Star in the same Lodge as Councillor Newman?

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    Grumpy Git

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • The Star's reporting is pretty shameful, and is a severely edited version of the original EADT story. I would have thought that the "Felixstowe" report into the misbehaviour of a very senior local councillor would have merited more coverage. On the other hand, is the editor in the same Lodge as Councillor Newman?

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    Grumpy Git

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Another pointless article to stir things up and have as go at the council.

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Another pointless article to stir things up and have as go at the council.

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • A trip to the mason's lodge and nudge, nudge, wink, wink, secret handshake no more speeding offence

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    Mike Hunt

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Unfortunately this continues to prove just how arrogant most politicians are.

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    R2 D2

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Perhaps his biggest motoring sin is the chaos on Ipswich roads..

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    Robotix

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Not sure what the rules are for getting a trading course instead of a fine and points. Shouldn't the same rules apply to everyone, which doesn't seem to be the case. It's sometimes difficult to know what speed limit applies on many of our roads in Suffolk as the limits change so often and signs are often missing, hidden or inconsistent. No excuse for using a mobile though.

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I think it's reasonable to conclude that he'd been offending on multiple occasions (both offences) before he finally got caught. So it's fair to describe him as a habitual criminal. And his precise words in the interview (not quoted here) don't exactly inspire confidence. When talking about being caught using his mobile, he said "I try not to do it now". Which to me implies "but I still do". If we hadn't already worked out from what he's been doing to Ipswich that he's not fit for public office, this proves it.

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    beerlover

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • I don't particularly like the job he's doing. Stubbornly driving people out of Ipswich with his bizarre obsession with destroying perfectly good roundabouts and sticking traffic lights every five yards should be the reason he leaves this job, not his past misdemeanours, which were dealt with, and he has brought them up and apologised for.

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    Mike Rotch

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • @dale he was caught in Playford Rd, there aren't any traffic lights in that quiet part of town to stop all the traffic. Interesting that he was given the option os a SAC doing 37mph. My father was caught doing 36mph and was told he was going too fast for a SAC. Just another perk of having your snout in the trough I suppose.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • 25% over speed limit and receives speed awareness course - guess your job title helps with your punishment though the fact that Mr Newman was able to travel at over 30mph in Ipswich is surely a magnificent testament to TravelIpswich.

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    dale craven

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • So he gets off all round then - no fine, no penalty points, and only a caution - and he still gets to keep his job????

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    Jeff Norman

    Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Resign! Whislt speeding isnt ok, its more acceptable and excusable. ie it wasnt an excessive speed he got caught for. But a mobile phone! no wonder he wants lights everywhere, he'll be stationary more to take the calls!

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    CleverReporting

    Friday, July 18, 2014

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