Harman in guilty plea for speeding

DEPUTY Labour Leader Harriet Harman is pleading guilty to a speeding offence in Suffolk, it has emerged.The Leader of the House of Commons, who is believed to have a second home in the county, is listed to appear before Ipswich magistrates next Tuesday .

DEPUTY Labour Leader Harriet Harman is pleading guilty to a speeding offence in Suffolk, it has emerged.

The Leader of the House of Commons, who is believed to have a second home in the county, is listed to appear before Ipswich magistrates next Tuesday .

But the Labour party confirmed she hopes to avoid the appearance through pleading guilty by post.

It is the second time the former Solicitor-General has been caught flouting speeding laws, following an incident in February 2003 when she was caught doing 99mph in a 70mph zone on the M4 in Wiltshire.

That time, Ms Harman was banned from driving for seven days and given a £400 fine, which was criticised by the AA for being “lenient”, considering her then £125,000 salary.

After South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court confirmed 57-year-old Ms Harman was listed to attend a first hearing of the case next Tuesday , a spokesman for the deputy Labour leader said: “She has pleaded guilty by post - we are not willing to say anything more at this time.”

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Suffolk police said they could not confirm the location or date of Ms Harman's speeding offence.

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