Great Yarmouth MP compares PM's Covid fine to speeding ticket
- Credit: PA
The MP for Great Yarmouth has suggested Boris Johnson's fine for breaking Covid rules is similar to leading politicians receiving a speeding or parking fine.
Brandon Lewis continues to support the prime minister after he was given a fine last week for attending a birthday party at 10 Downing Street.
Mr Lewis told Sky News the prime minister was not the first No 10 incumbent to receive a penalty for a legal infringement.
He said; "I think we do see consistently, whether it is through parking fines or speeding fines, ministers of both parties over the years have been in that position.
"We've had prime ministers in the past who have received penalty notices, from what I can see, and also front bench ministers.
"I saw there was a parking notice that Tony Blair had once. We've seen front bench Labour ministers and, let's be frank, government ministers as well."
"That clearly has happened with a number of ministers over the years."
- 1 Man who raped teen jailed for six years
- 2 Police called to 'altercation' between pupils at Norfolk school
- 3 Yarmouth's wizard hotel to appear on Four in a Bed
- 4 CCTV released of Great Yarmouth man whose body part was found on beach
- 5 Date set for road reopening after sewer collapse
- 6 'Well-respected' tattoo artist died at home after taking cocaine
- 7 Hospital opens £1.2m eye operation theatre to cut waiting times
- 8 TV show filmed in Norfolk starring Ainsley Harriott to air this month
- 9 Lost sailor found going backwards 12 miles off Norfolk coast
- 10 Car flips on to roof in three-vehicle crash in Yarmouth
Senior opposition MPs have said there is a "massive difference" between a Covid FPN and a speeding ticket.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions, told ITV's Lorraine programme: "I have never had anybody break down in front of me because they couldn't drive at 35mph in a 30mph zone; I have had no end of people in tears - in real bits - about complying with rules that really, really hurt them."
The prime minister is due to address the House of Commons later today.
It is thought he will apologise for the rule breaching but emphasise the need to deal with the crisis in Ukraine and unlawful migration.