Neath MP Peter Hain fined for speeding

Peter Hain
Image caption Peter Hain was caught driving at 35mph in a 30mph zone

The shadow Welsh Secretary and Neath MP Peter Hain has been fined £233 and had three points added to his driving licence after being caught speeding.

Mr Hain, 61, was recorded doing 35mph (56kph) in a 30mph (48kph) zone on the A4109 in the Neath Valley at 08:30 GMT on 12 June last year.

The former UK cabinet minister did not attend Thursday's hearing at Neath Magistrates' Court.

He admitted speeding by post, but was "baffled" over the court summons.

In a letter read out by a legal adviser in court, the Neath MP said: "It is the first I have heard of a speed offence as I have received no penalty notice through the post."

The Labour politician said he would have replied "straight away" and paid the fine immediately, had he received one.

"I do not understand why I have received this summons without having had the penalty notice in the same way first. It is baffling," he added.

Magistrates fined Hain £233, ordered he pay costs of £35 as well as imposing a victim surcharge of £15.

They also imposed three penalty points.

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