Anas Sarwar charged with driving while using mobile phone

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  By a Newsnet reporter 
 
Glasgow Labour MP Anas Sarwar has been charged with using a mobile phone while driving. 
 
The 30 year old MP, who is the deputy leader of the Labour party in Scotland, was reportedly stopped by police while allegedly using a mobile phone while driving in the Pollokshields district of Glasgow in January this year.

The MP for Glasgow Central was not present during a short hearing at the city’s Justice of the Peace court on Friday.  No plea was entered and the court has adjourned the case until May.
 
Mr Sarwar was elected as MP for Glasgow Central during the 2010 General Election.  The seat was previously held by his father Mohammed.
 
Mr Sarwar is co-ordinating the Labour party’s campaign for a No vote in next year’s independence referendum.  In January this year he became the centre of controversy after he accused First Minister Alex Salmond of acting like a “dictator”, saying that the Scottish Parliament “is a dictatorship of one man sitting in Bute house, who will do not what is in Scotland’s interests, but what is in his own or his party’s interests.”
 
Mr Sarwar senior’s election for Glasgow Govan in 1997 was surrounded by controversy and feuding within the local Labour constituency party.  Mohammed Sarwar was suspended from the party while allegations that he had bribed a rival candidate were investigated.  Mr Sarwar senior was cleared in a later court hearing. 
 
The selection of his youngest son as the successor to his seat in Govan led to accusations that Anas Sarwar, who had not previously held any political office, was chosen for the seat purely on the basis of his family connections and at the instigation of his father.  Labour strongly rejected the allegations, and insisted that the selection process was fair and transparent.
 
Driving while using a mobile phone can result in a driver losing their licence and receiving a fine of up to £1000.