Minister Caught Using Phone While Driving on Wandsworth High Street

Tom Tugendhat says he was using device to navigate

Tom Tugendhat
Tom Tugendhat

A government minister and former candidate for the leadership of the Conservative party faces a possible ban after being caught using a mobile phone while driving on Wandsworth High Street.

49-year-old Tom Tugendhat who sits in cabinet as the security minister was spotted using a device while at the wheel of his Skoda 4X4 on 4 April this year.

A police officer says he saw him holding the phone in front of himself in his left hand. When questioned by police he said he was using it to navigate.

He was issued with a fixed penalty notice and, according to a report in the Evening Standard, he was also required to surrender his driving licence. As he already had six points on his licence, the offence was referred to Bromley Magistrates’ Court with the case due to be heard this Friday.

A spokesman for Mr Tugendhat said, “Tom was stopped by police in April this year for holding his phone while driving.

“He accepts that holding his phone while driving is an offence. Tom immediately put himself on a driving course of his own volition.

“He received the court documents six months later and has entered a guilty plea. He apologises unreservedly and will accept the outcome of the case.”

Mr Tugendhat, who lives in Clapham, is understood not to have informed ministry officials about the offence until after he was appointed as a minister by Liz Truss in September.

After his failed leadership bid, he backed Liz Truss as Prime Minister but kept his ministerial post when Rishi Sunak took over.

Educated at St Paul’s School in Barnes after which he went on to study Theology at Bristol, he is the son of a High Court judge.

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November 2, 2022