A Conservative MP who urged people not to be "litter tossers" has been fined for dropping a cigarette.
Durham North West MP Richard Holden was caught outside an election count at the Louisa Centre in Stanley, County Durham, on Saturday and fined £100.
Last summer Mr Holden launched a lockdown litter-picking campaign and said it was "unacceptable" to leave "beautiful" areas strewn with rubbish.
His office has been approached for comment.
During the clean-up, he said on his website: "More broadly, I've a clear message. Don't be a litter tosser - just take it home."
Mr Holden also tweeted about a series of litter-picks he organised in his constituency last year.
Finally managed to use my grabber from #Orinoco!— Richard Holden MP (@RicHolden) June 13, 2020
Got fed up of seeing litter between #Consett & #TheGrove so Doug & I picked up a bag & half in a couple of hours
What sort of yob just tosses it out the window? #TakeItHome
Can see #LockdownLitterpick becoming regular thing pic.twitter.com/vBN5u5snef
Neighbouring Labour MP Kevan Jones, who represents Durham North, which includes Stanley, said: "It is very hypocritical of him lecturing others on picking up litter when he is doing it himself."
Ian Hoult, Durham County Council's neighbourhood protection manager, said: "We can confirm one of our neighbourhood wardens observed two people littering outside the Louisa Centre, Stanley, during Saturday's local election count and issued them both with fixed penalty notices."