Harman faces prosecution over ‘car phone crash’

Nov 20, 2009
Rachel Helyer-Donaldson

MP charged with breaking mobile phone law her own government introduced

Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour party, faces prosecution - and severe political embarrassment - after she allegedly drove her car into a parked vehicle while using a mobile phone. The incident itself was reported by the press in July, after Harman allegedly wound down her window to tell an onlooker: "I'm Harriet Harman. You know where you can get hold of me" - before driving off.
The Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday that Harman was to be prosecuted for allegedly driving without due care and attention and for driving while using a handheld mobile phone – a ban that was introduced by the Labour government while Harman was solicitor-general. Harman denies any wrongdoing.
The MP was driving through her south London constituency, Camberwell and Peckham, when she allegedly hit the parked vehicle with her maroon Ford Fiesta. It was a friend of the parked vehicle’s owner who claimed Harman then told her who she was and where to find her. No one was hurt in the accident.

Harman has previously been convicted twice for speeding. If she is found guilty this time, she faces a maximum penalty of £6,000 in fines and disqualification.

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