Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Hillary Clinton Given £80 Parking Fine In London - Foreign Affairs
The Westminster City Council warden put a £80 penalty notice on a silver Mercedes vehicle in Central London which had taken former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to an event at Chatham House. The row was caught on camera by photographer Greg Brennan, who said five of her guards were waiting inside a Mercedes van next to her car at the time because it was raining. The warden then arrived and put a ticket on the car, prompting her security detail to jump out of the van in protest, Mr Brennan said.
She had earlier arrived in a motorcade of five cars with around 10 security agents. Her car was parked in a bay on St James's Square in Mayfair, which costs £3.30 per hour.
The warden then arrived and put a ticket on the car which had transported 65-year-old Mrs Clinton to the event, prompting her security detail to jump out of the van in protest, Mr Brennan said.
The photographer claimed he saw one of the agents angrily waving his arms and flashing his badge to the warden, who remained unflustered and continued to issue the ticket to Mrs Clinton's vehicle.
Cllr Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Council cabinet member for business, told MailOnline: 'Despite our traffic marshal being questioned by the secret service for just doing his job, he was in the right.
The former US Secretary of State was parked for nearly 45 minutes without paying. I'm sure she will understand that we have to be fair to everyone, regardless of their status on the world stage.
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