A surprising statistic about those that are supposed to set an example.

Some rather amusing news here – a new report has revealed that MPs have the highest speeding conviction rate of any profession.

Perhaps the ever increasing number of speed cameras aren't for us then, but for the people implementing them in the first place.

The amusing statistic comes from a GoCompare survey which analysed more than seven million car insurance quotes from its database over the past year.

More than one in five (22.1 percent) MPs had a speeding conviction according to the survey, ranking them higher than radio presenters (19.2 percent) and sales directors (18.9 percent).

Speed camera against blue sky

What's more, almost a quarter of MPs (24.4 percent) one or more driving conviction, beating Sales Directors (20.8 percent) and Managing Directors (19.7 percent).

The study comes after the news earlier this year that Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya was jailed for three months for lying to police about a speeding ticket.

Further reports of MPs caught speeding: The likes of Ed Balls, Chris Huhne, Nicholas Soames are among the other high-profile MPs with speeding convictions, while Harriet Harman, Simon Burns, Eric Joyce are also known to have other driving convictions.

Professions with Speeding convictions


Member of Parliament 22.10%
Radio Presenter 19.20%
Sales Director 18.90%
Managing Director 17.70%
Operations Director 17.40%
Bailiff 16.70%
Money Broker 16.60%
Company Chairman 16.60%
Surgeon 16.50%
Chartered Surveyor 16.30%

Professions with other driving convictions

Member of Parliament 24.40%
Sales Director 20.80%
Managing Director 19.70%
Bailiff 19.40%
Radio Presenter 19.20%
Rigger 19.10%
Money Broker 18.80%
Operations Director 18.70%
Company Chairman 18.20%
Surgeon 17.60%

"Your occupation is one of the key considerations used to calculate the cost of your premium. Ultimately, different professions are deemed riskier than others, so the chances are, if you’re a footballer or a GP, you’re likely to face higher premiums than a priest," said Lee Griffin, a founding member of GoCompare. "That said, in some cases there may be more than one job title on a pre-defined list, that accurately describes what you do, and in this case, you could make some significant savings. For example, if you describe yourself as a 'chef' your average quote could be as much as £88 higher than if you selected 'kitchen staff'."

Stressed businessman pulled over by police

"But remember, while trying different job titles could save you significantly, it’s important to be as honest and as accurate as possible when it comes to your insurance," Griffin added. "Being dishonest with your job title could result in any claims you make being rejected or even your insurance being cancelled, which will prove far more costly than what you’ll save by playing fast and loose with your job description."