A FORMER district and county councillor who helped save a village surgery from closure has been banned from driving. Robert Clarke, 46, pleaded guilty to speeding at 110mph on the A1(M) last year, magistrates at Huntingdon heard. Prosecutor Tracey Belling

A FORMER district and county councillor who helped save a village surgery from closure has been banned from driving.

Robert Clarke, 46, pleaded guilty to speeding at 110mph on the A1(M) last year, magistrates at Huntingdon heard.

Prosecutor Tracey Bellingham told the court on Thursday how officers had clocked Clarke's Chrysler Grand Voyager travelling above the speed limit at 4.35pm on September 26.

Representing Clarke, solicitor Tim Williams told the court he greatly regretted his actions, which had been brought about by a work crisis at his photocopier business.

Mr Williams said a member of staff had threatened, via telephone, to walk out of Clarke Office Solutions, where the former councillor is owner/manager.

"He believed his office had been left unmanned and possibly unlocked," Mr Williams said. "This worried him greatly and it was for that reason he failed to keep an eye on his speed."

Magistrates banned Clarke, of Hall Close, St Neots, from driving for 30 days, handed him a £350 fine, ordered him to pay £35 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

From 2005-2006, Clarke was involved in a successful campaign to stop the closure of Little Paxton surgery in his role as district and parish councillor for the village.