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Jamie Wallis fled car crash in heels and leather mini skirt

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Just because Boris Johnson has gone, don’t expect the legal fines for Tories to go away. Jamie Wallis, the Member of Parliament for Bridgend has been ordered to pay £2,500 and banned from driving for six months after he smashed into a lamp post in November, failed to report the collision and then left his vehicle in a dangerous position.

Wallis told the judge that: ‘I am sorry that is appears I ran away but this is not how it happened in the moment.’ The court, it seems, saw matters differently.  The MP was dressed in a leather mini skirt, tights and high heels at the time of the crash, according to testimony. Some Mr S readers might remember the statement Wallis put out in the days following his accident, in which he came out as trans and explained his reasons for leaving the scene. Cynics may have wondered if Wallis was using the spectacular confessional tell-all to get himself off the hook for driving around recklessly, then not facing the consequences.

But in Westminster, and among the Conservative top ranks, Wallis was instantly lauded as a courageous truth teller. Here’s what a couple of the now leadership hopefuls said about the hit-and-run MP:

Such charity warms Mr S’s heart. Who says Tory politics is all vile, nasty ambition?

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