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Former MP David Ruffley admits drink-driving

David Ruffley
Image caption David Ruffley was the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds but stood down after receiving a police caution

A former MP has been banned from driving after he crashed his car while almost three times over the drinking and driving limit.

David Ruffley crashed in Westminster, central London, on 27 January.

He was the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds for 17 years, but stood down after receiving a police caution.

The 53-year-old former Treasury Select Committee member admitted driving with excess alcohol at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Ruffley, of Marsham Street, central London, was banned from driving for two years and received a community order, meaning he has to carry out 80 hours of supervised, unpaid work.

He was also told he must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

He was elected as MP for Bury St Edmunds in 1997, but stood down in 2014 after being cautioned for assaulting a former girlfriend.

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