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Conservative election candidate caught on double yellows

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: April 21, 2010

"OBSTRUCTION" Richard Graham's car.

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PROSPECTIVE Gloucester MP Richard Graham annoyed a Kingsholm resident when he made a quick stop to visit a widow – and parked on double yellow lines.

Patrick Baker, a member of the Liberal Democrat party, snapped the prospective Conservative MP's car parked on double yellow lines in Heathville Road.

He said: "I was just walking past on Thursday and had my camera with me. To be fair he did have his flashers on but I was annoyed he was on double yellow lines and was half on the pavement, obstructing it."

Mr Graham defended his actions, saying the yellow lines were specific to the house of Shakuntala Duggal, the recently widowed wife of the late Dr Avatar Duggal, to ensure she could get her car out.

He said: "I was calling on her briefly to see how she was after a family visit to India, so my car was not blocking her entry/exit.

"I put my wheels on the pavement in order not to cause disruption on the road. There was enough space on the pavement – as your photograph shows – for any disability vehicle to pass. My hazard lights were also on.

"I was probably there five minutes."

A county council spokeswoman said: "We're not aware of why these lines were put in as they were installed by Gloucester City Council before Gloucestershire County Council took over responsibility for parking restrictions.

"Generally, double yellow lines are used to stop people from parking in inappropriate locations or to prevent commuters from blocking residential areas."

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  • cncnncncnc  |  February 22 2012, 1:37AM

    Actually he committed three offences. Firstly, parking on the double yellow lines. Secondly, driving on the pavement (you can drive over it to gain access to adjoining land) but to drive on to it in these circumstances is a criminal offence under the Road Traffic Act and lastly, the misuse of hazard warning lights which is also an offence under criminal law. Hazard warning lights are there to warn motorists of a hazard such as an enforced stoppage, perhaps due to breakdown, at a dangerous location. They are not there to be used as 'park anywhere lights' as Mr Graham obviously believes is the case. It will be interesting to see what the magistrates think of his excuses were it to be prosecuted at Gloucester Magistrates Court.

  • L_escalier  |  February 21 2012, 5:59PM

    To be quite frank, I supported Richard Graham. Well, in my own small way, which was by challenging some of the sillier, yet still potentially damaging comments about him and his campaign on TiG (not saying it was me 'wot won it', just that I could have said nowt, and I chose to speak instead). I even voted for him, on the simple basis that I couldn't believe he would be any worse than Parmjit Dhanda. And I still believe that. He *is* as bad as Parmjit Dhanda was, but no worse. What does Gloucester have to do to get one of those politicians you sometimes hear about that give a damn about their constituents?

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  • Kay_Powell  |  February 21 2012, 4:54PM

    RG's unlawful parking didn't stop him from getting elected. I think that there is a lesson there for all of us.

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  • Library_User  |  February 21 2012, 4:15PM

    I don't know, dclf1947, why you think I would support Labour. However, I do know that Richard Graham, an ex-investment banker, is doing nothing for Gloucester, and has little to recommend him as a representative of the city.

  • dclf1947  |  February 21 2012, 10:57AM

    Takeaway22 I agree. What I find strange is that Library-User wants to suddenly resurrect something that happened in April 2010 as shown on the date of the article. The comment before his was 2010!!

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  • Takeaway22  |  February 21 2012, 10:43AM

    Yes, there are a lot of holier than thou comments here, and yes, they have probably broken driving rules hoping/expecting to get away with it - that is common sense. But having a sign written vehicle, representing Gloucester, breaking the law, well that is scarily naive. This guy wants to represent a city in England with basic mistakes like this. Woe is Gloucester! Common sense doesn't appear to be that common afterall.

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  • dclf1947  |  February 21 2012, 10:41AM

    Library_User it seems that you another Labour supporter who cannot accept the damage your party has done to the UK when it was in power?

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  • meerkatmanor  |  February 21 2012, 10:28AM

    Why drag this up from two years ago? And while we would all like to see our public officials obeying every single law of the land, i'll put my mortgage on the bet that EVERYONE here has either done the same, ie, parked on DY's even for a mo, driven over the speed limit, used a mobile while driving, or done that stupid thing of driving through the middle of speed pads. Some self-righteous prig with an axe to grind, me-thinks................

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  • MistyBuff  |  February 21 2012, 9:31AM

    You Minx L_U!

  • Bonkim2003  |  February 21 2012, 9:22AM

    "Mr Graham defended his actions, saying the yellow lines were specific to the house of Shakuntala Duggal, the recently widowed wife of the late Dr Avatar Duggal, to ensure she could get her car out." Not good enough Mr Graham. Yellow lines are everyone.

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