Imprisonment of a Member

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Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East 12:00 am, 15th July 1991

I have received a letter from a magistrate from the petty sessional division of South Sefton informing me that Mr. Terry Fields, the hon. Member for Liverpool, Broadgreen, has been sentenced to a period of imprisonment of 60 days. I shall cause the text of this letter to be published in the Votes and Proceedings and in the Official Report.

Following is the letter:

Dear Mr. Speaker, I must advise you that Mr. Terence Fields, Member of Parliament for Liverpool, Broadgreen, appeared before this Court yesterday in relation to non-payment of the community charge for the period ending 31st March, 1991.The Court found that he had wilfully refused to pay the outstanding sum and as a consequence he was committed to prison for sixty days, the sentence to commence forthwith.This information is provided in accordance with the requirement imposed by Home Office Circular 103/1982.

Yours sincerely,

G. W. Budd

Justice of the Peace

South Sefton P. S. D.