Rishi Sunak fined for failing to wear seatbelt in social media video

Ticket issued despite PM’s apology of ‘brief error of judgment’

Eleanor Noyce
Friday 20 January 2023 18:30 GMT
Rishi Sunak appears not wearing seatbelt in moving car

Rishi Sunak has been fined by Lancashire Police for failing to wear a seatbelt while filming a social media clip in the back of a moving car.

The prime minister apologised for the “brief error of judgment” after the clip was posted to Instagram during a visit to the area to talk about Levelling Up funding.

It is the second fixed penalty notice for Mr Sunak; while chancellor, he was issued with a £50 ticket for breaching Covid lockdown laws at one of the events that sparked the Partygate scandal. Reports at the time suggested Mr Sunak had to be “talked out” of resigning over the fine.

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