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Here's why the police are 'looking into' Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak appears not wearing seatbelt in moving car

As the prime minister, you probably want to stay on the right side of the law.

So it a shame the police are reportedly 'looking into' a video of Rishi Sunak in which he appears to not be wearing a seatbelt in a moving car.

A spokesperson for Lancashire constabulary announced on Thursday evening they were aware of the footage, which shows Sunak banging on about levelling up while treating his car like a dodgem, and said they were making inquiries.

According to his government's own safety campaign, any driver or passenger not wearing a seatbelt is breaking the law and is liable to be fined up to £500.

Meanwhile, if he gets in trouble for the video, it will be the second time he's been slapped on the wrist. He received a fixed term penalty notice for Partygate behaviour last year, when he was chancellor.

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Downing Street said the prime minister has apologised for what it characterised as a “brief error of judgment” by removing his seatbelt to film the social media video message while a passenger in the back seat of a car.

A spokesperson for No 10 said: “That was a brief error of judgment. The prime minister removed his seatbelt to film a short clip.”

Sunak “fully accepts this was a mistake and apologises”, the spokesperson said, adding: “The prime minister believes everyone should wear a seatbelt. It was an error of judgment; he removed it for a short period of time to film a clip, which you’ve seen, but he accepts that was a mistake.”

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