Speeding fine for Methodist minister who quit Lincs County Council after attending just 19 meetings in three years

Rev Sara Cliff

Rev Sara Cliff - Credit: Archant

A methodist minister was fined £200 by a court after being caught speeding in a 30mph zone.

The Rev Sara Cliff, 48, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court last Thursday where she was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. She was also given three penalty points on her driving licence.

Cliff, of White Hart Drive, Benwick, was charged with speeding in a Kia at 36mph through Whittlesey. She was caught by a speed camera in Syers Lane in November last year.

She had pleaded not guilty to the charge at an earlier hearing, but was found guilty when she appeared at court on Thursday.

Cliff hit national headlines two years ago when she received £23,000 as a Conservative county councillor in Lincolnshire while living more than 100 miles in Soham, near Ely.

Months after being elected for Lincoln East, Cliff moved to Soham, 119 miles away.

She turned up to council sessions in Lincolnshire just 19 times in three years and was paid an average of £1,200 in allowances per session.

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After details of her absences and allowances emerged she faced angry calls to resign, with critics labelling her the ‘Invisible Woman’.

At the time of the incident she was the minister for Soham Methodist Church.

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