Ex PM's wife claims she's not a fare dodger after failing to swipe Oyster card
Gordon Brown's wife, Sarah Brown, has protested after having to pay an £80 fine for failing to swipe her Oyster card on the London Underground system
The Evening Standard reports that Sarah Brown, wife of the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, today protested after being given an £80 fine for using the public transport system without first swiping her Oyster card.
Brown used Twitter to complain that she had made “an honest error” but was subsequently treated like a fare dodger.
“Hugely upset after being fined £80 on Docklands Light Railway as I had not swiped my Oyster card properly in an honest error :-(,” she tweeted to her 1.2 million followers.
Mrs Brown added in a second tweet: “Seems to be £40 if I pay quickly and don’t appeal.”
She added: I do have my receipt to show I paid my travel fare once I reached my destination.”
A few moments later, she noted, "Just to say that the staff at Russell Sq tube are especially lovely and were v helpful at getting my Oyster card legal and decent again".
Last year, the Huffington Post reported that the former Prime Minister and his wife have earned over £1.4m since Brown was beaten in the 2010 General Election. "Among the payments received were £49,052.69 for speech to King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, £61,637.68 for a speech in Moscow and £74,936.79 for an address in Nigeria."
Gordon Brown continues to receive a salary as the Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, though his House of Commons attendance has been just 13.6 percent since May 2010.
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