Dagenham MP faces driving ban after being arrested for no insurance

A prominent Labour MP faces a driving ban after being arrested on suspicion of being at the wheel of a car with an expired MoT and insurance.

Jon Cruddas, the MP for Dagenham & Rainham, was driving a Land Rover near Hyde Park when he was pulled over after officers noticed what appeared to be a defective brake light.

He could be handed a driving ban or hefty fines after being summoned to appear before City of London Magistrates’ Court later this month.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promoted the left-wing MP to run a review of the party’s policies, which could include an answer to David Cameron’s Big Society plans.

Mr Cruddas was unavailable for comment but the Met confirmed a summons had been issued after he was stopped by police on July 6.

A Met police spokesman said: “A summons has been served alleging driving without valid insurance and MoT in Bayswater Road by Jon Cruddas MP and is returnable to City of London Magistrates’ Court on October 26.”