MP fined for neck break crash

An Essex MP has been fined after admitting careless driving when he broke an army major's neck leaving Parliament.

An Essex MP has been fined after admitting careless driving when he broke an army major's neck leaving Parliament.

Conservative MP for West Chelmsford Simon Burns, 56, pleaded guilty to the offence in his absence at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

The court heard Burns pulled out of Parliament in his Land Rover leaving Major Stuart Lane no time to avoid hitting the vehicle on April 3.

Burns was fined �400 and ordered to pay �200 in legal costs.


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The court heard Major Lane was thrown over the handlebars of his bicycle and broke two vertebrae in his neck.

Melanie Cumberland, defending, said: "He [Burns] moved out, he thought it was clear, it was a misjudgement. He wishes to express his regret at the consequence of the accident.”

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