British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be fined for not wearing a seatbelt while shooting a video promoting an economic programme, on Friday.
The fine, issued by Lancashire Police to a 42-year-old man from London, would cost around £100, or roughly $124-pence for a man with a net worth greater than the King of England. The fine could increase to £500, or roughly $620, if the case goes to court.
Sunak visited Lancashire to shoot the video as part of a trip through the north of England. He was trying to promote a recent government spending bill, which is intended to help “upgrade” or improve facilities and infrastructure in key parts of the country.
In the video, posted to Instagram, Sunak sits in the back of a car discussing how the government plans to spend its £2.1 billion fund, but diehard viewers couldn’t notice that the prime minister was not wearing a seatbelt.
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Representatives of the prime ministers told the BBC that Sunak “fully accepts that this was a mistake and has apologised,” adding that he would indeed pay the fine.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told BBC Breakfast that Sunak “was wrong on the seatbelt issue”.
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Sunak previously paid a fine for breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules after he attended a birthday gathering for then Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street in June 2020.
Multiple fines, called ‘fixed fines’ notices in the UK, must be paid within 28 days.
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Lib Dems deputy leader Daisy Cooper said of the video: “From party gate to seatbelt gate, these Conservative politicians are taking the British people for fools.” “While they continue to act as if it’s their rule and everyone else’s, this fine is a reminder that Tories finally get a result.”
Conservative MPs (MPs) have defended their party leader: Scott Benton, the Conservative MP for Blackpool South, has said police should worry more about “handling serious crime” rather than “the wrong”.
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Benton said of the case: “Let’s keep that proportionate here. Every year millions of Britons receive similar fixed penalty notices.”