Conservative Nottingham Police Commissioner bans driving

Hannah Bentley

Nottingham Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry was handed a six-month driving ban after being caught speeding. impacts reports Hannah Bentley.

Caroline Henry, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, appeared in court on July 18 after being caught speeding five times in the space of 12 weeks. She paid a total of £2,510 in speeding fines and acquired 15 penalty points on her driving licence, as well as prosecution costs. District Judge Leo Pyle banned Henry from driving for 6 months.

Some have called for his resignation

One of the speeding tickets was given after she drove at 38mph in a 30mph zone near Burford Primary School and two other offenses occurred on two consecutive days, also in 30 mph zones.

Some called for his resignation, noting the hypocrisy of the situation. At Henry’s Make a Notts Safety Plan she says she is “committed to prioritizing the issues that we know cause the most harm and concern to our communities” and includes speed in that list of issues.

Labor MP for Nottingham South Lilian Greenwood took Twitter to share her outrage at the situation, writing, “The audience deserves better – it’s untenable for her to continue in her role.”

According to Henry, when she spoke to Nottinghamshire Live, at the time of the speeding, her child had recently attempted suicide, which put immense pressure on the commissioner. They note that prior to these speeding charges, the 52-year-old had a clean driving record.

She also claims she was unaware of the charges for some time as the speeding tickets were sent to her flat in London which she shares with her husband, Darren Henry, a Tory MP for Broxtowe.

Henry seems adamant about staying in his job

Cora-Laine Moynihan, editor-in-chief for Impactshared her thoughts on the matter: “While the circumstances behind her speeding fines are heartbreaking, that does not excuse her for breaking the laws she was elected to serve… In a way, this situation echoes the issues with Partygate, different rules for different people.”

Campus News editor Laura Scaife added: ‘As Commissioner of Police and Crime, she should lead by example by not acting as if she is above the law.’

Henry seems adamant to stay in her post, in which she was elected in May 2021, indicating in court after being sentenced that she is “truly sorry” but remains “committed to serving the people of Nottinghamshire as a police and crime commissioner”.

Hannah Bentley

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