Conservative Commissioner candidate for Cleveland facing ban from driving

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by

ONE of the candidates vying to become a Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday is facing a driving ban after at least four speeding offences in the last four years, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Ken Lupton, who is standing as the Conservative Party’s candidate for the Cleveland commissioner, last night admitted he had been caught speeding on May 29 this year on Darlington Road in Stockton.

If convicted when his case comes before Teesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough on December 4, the points on his licence will add up to 12 - which usually means a driving ban.

The former leader of Stockton Borough Council also admitted that he had already completed a Speed Awareness course, which are offered to people as an alternative to points on the licence – meaning he has been caught speeding more than four times.

Last night Mr Lupton said the speeding offences were “an embarrassment” for someone standing as Police and Crime Commissioner, but said he had made his Conservative colleagues fully aware of the latest offence before he was elected as their candidate for Cleveland.

“I don’t see it as a big problem,” he said. “It is a bit of an embarrassment at this time. Two of the tickets were on dual carriageways, one near Birmingham, and one at 6am, and none of them were over five miles an hour above the speed limit.”

He said as he drove more than 25,000 miles a year he was more likely than most to get caught speeding.

He said that a lack of driving licence wouldn’t stop him doing a good job as Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I think if it came to that I would look at personally employing someone on the occasions that I would need to,” he said. “Other than that there is always public transport. I use the buses now and I do have an electric bike too.”

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6:11pm Tue 13 Nov 12

cj-dog says...

A perfect candidate - probably believes the law doesn't apply to him.
A perfect candidate - probably believes the law doesn't apply to him. cj-dog
  • Score: 1

6:47pm Tue 13 Nov 12

MSG says...

i thought people who had been convicted of offences were not allowed to stand for these police roles. I view driving offences as more severe than say a punch up arrest . He should be made to stand down.
i thought people who had been convicted of offences were not allowed to stand for these police roles. I view driving offences as more severe than say a punch up arrest . He should be made to stand down. MSG
  • Score: 0

7:10pm Tue 13 Nov 12

HSC says...

"...he drove more than 25,000 miles a year he was more likely than most to get caught speeding..."

I do a lot of burglary so I'm more likely than most to get caught burgling...

Try not breaking the law!

Fancy a potential PCC taking the law so laxly...
"...he drove more than 25,000 miles a year he was more likely than most to get caught speeding..." I do a lot of burglary so I'm more likely than most to get caught burgling... Try not breaking the law! Fancy a potential PCC taking the law so laxly... HSC
  • Score: 6

8:34am Wed 14 Nov 12

RMGMBRO says...

MSG - the restriction on candidates standing is when they have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment. you will probably find many upstanding members of the public have been caught speeding. RM
MSG - the restriction on candidates standing is when they have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment. you will probably find many upstanding members of the public have been caught speeding. RM RMGMBRO
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8:50am Wed 14 Nov 12

stevegg says...

The voters (who can be bothered to vote) will decide on Thursday if its relevant or not.
The voters (who can be bothered to vote) will decide on Thursday if its relevant or not. stevegg
  • Score: 2

11:23am Wed 14 Nov 12

Insp Clouseau says...

He obviously doesnt recognise a mobile camera van so might need to go to specsavers. If he wins the public will probably have to pay for a driver to ferry him home!

Strange how the Evening Gazette havent covered the story on their wesbite today?

Sultan Alam is the best candidate for the job, at least he should be able to identify the certain small cultures that go on in Cleveland.
He obviously doesnt recognise a mobile camera van so might need to go to specsavers. If he wins the public will probably have to pay for a driver to ferry him home! Strange how the Evening Gazette havent covered the story on their wesbite today? Sultan Alam is the best candidate for the job, at least he should be able to identify the certain small cultures that go on in Cleveland. Insp Clouseau
  • Score: -1

7:15pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Claude Ted says...

None of the PCC candidates have the experience or expertise to fill the position paying £70K per annum. Alam was a police constable & he could end up hiring & firing a chief constable, how can that be sensible! Coppinger sat on the discredited Cleveland Police Authority & we got Sacristy! Then Lupton will presumably do the job on his bike if elected. Then there is the character that wants to make the police force the greenest in the country if not the planet. What a bunch of hopeless wannabes! A flawed process that will lead to poor quality individuals in positions of responsibility they would never achieve in the real world.
None of the PCC candidates have the experience or expertise to fill the position paying £70K per annum. Alam was a police constable & he could end up hiring & firing a chief constable, how can that be sensible! Coppinger sat on the discredited Cleveland Police Authority & we got Sacristy! Then Lupton will presumably do the job on his bike if elected. Then there is the character that wants to make the police force the greenest in the country if not the planet. What a bunch of hopeless wannabes! A flawed process that will lead to poor quality individuals in positions of responsibility they would never achieve in the real world. Claude Ted
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Claude Ted says...

None of the PCC candidates have the experience or expertise to fill the position paying £70K per annum. Alam was a police constable & he could end up hiring & firing a chief constable, how can that be sensible! Coppinger sat on the discredited Cleveland Police Authority & we got Sacristy! Then Lupton will presumably do the job on his bike if elected. Then there is the character that wants to make the police force the greenest in the country if not the planet. What a bunch of hopeless wannabes! A flawed process that will lead to poor quality individuals in positions of responsibility they would never achieve in the real world.
None of the PCC candidates have the experience or expertise to fill the position paying £70K per annum. Alam was a police constable & he could end up hiring & firing a chief constable, how can that be sensible! Coppinger sat on the discredited Cleveland Police Authority & we got Sacristy! Then Lupton will presumably do the job on his bike if elected. Then there is the character that wants to make the police force the greenest in the country if not the planet. What a bunch of hopeless wannabes! A flawed process that will lead to poor quality individuals in positions of responsibility they would never achieve in the real world. Claude Ted
  • Score: 2

10:06pm Wed 14 Nov 12

spragger says...

At least he will not be in favour of the police focusing on cars speeding
At least he will not be in favour of the police focusing on cars speeding spragger
  • Score: 1

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