An aspiring Tory MP posed as the ‘youngest hereditary lord’ to slip into Parliament using a counterfeit security pass he bought online for £10.
Jack Cramp, 21, claimed he was the grandson of a peer and told Westminster bar staff he was ‘Lord Cramp’ as he caroused with politicians.
The IT consultant and former council election candidate sparked a security scare as drinkers became suspicious about his youth and his unconvincing security pass.
Jack Cramp, in blue suit he insisted on wearing in jail , is pictured on BBC’s Question Time. He claimed he was the grandson of a peer and told Westminster bar staff he was ‘Lord Cramp’ as he caroused with politicians
He was apprehended quickly by Scotland Yard officers and jailed for 26 weeks earlier this month after admitting fraud.
But he was released from Wandsworth Prison after just over a week, complaining his sentence was too harsh. His lawyer also said his client’s habit of wearing a dark blue suit at all times made him ‘stand out like a sore thumb’ in prison.
The bizarre sequence of events began when bespectacled Cramp – a regular in the audience on BBC’s Question Time – turned up at Parliament in June.
The aspiring MP snuck into the Houses of Parliament, above. The court heard Cramp’s parents are divorced and he lives with his grandparents in Ruislip, north west London
Over several hours he mingled with MPs, researchers and officials in the Stranger’s Bar, the Sports and Social Bar and Parliament’s riverside terrace.
But he was reported to security by a political assistant who recognised him from previous Conservative Party events.
Cramp ran away and threw his fake pass into a bin but retrieved it after being caught by police nearby. They discovered it had ‘novelty’ written on the back.
He admitted using the fake pass, which he bought on the internet, and said he had chatted to Paul Scully, the Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam.
Mr Scully said: ‘I remember speaking to Jack Cramp who was smartly dressed in a jacket. I do remember him flashing his pass.
‘He did this by just moving his jacket to one side. I saw what looked to be a poorly made up Lords pass. I thought that this was some sort of joke as he was laughing as he showed me.’
Cramp was charged with using a false instrument and jailed this month by a district judge at Westminster magistrates’ Court for 26 weeks.
But he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday – after just eight days languishing in a cell – to complain that the sentence was too harsh.
He appeared at Southwark Crown Court, above, on Thursday – after just eight days languishing in a cell – to complain that the sentence was too harsh [File photo]
The court heard Cramp’s parents are divorced and he lives with his grandparents in Ruislip, north west London. On May 3 he stood, unsuccessfully, as a Tory candidate in council elections in the London borough of Hillingdon.
His solicitor James Skelsey admitted it would now be hard for Cramp to follow his passion for a life in politics but said there was no malice in his actions.
‘He has already suffered in terms of immediately receiving a custodial sentence,’ said Mr Skelsey.
‘This is not months and months of planning – it is hard to say it is sophisticated. It is immediately obvious it is the wrong pass because it is the old style.’
Judge Christopher Hehir reduced Cramp’s jail sentence to 12 weeks, suspended for two years, after a successful appeal.
He asked: ‘Would it be unfair to categorise him as a little bit of a Walter Mitty character?’
The judge added: ‘This is a very, very unusual case, and presents for any court a difficult sentencing exercise.
‘He did not mean harm to the fabric of the building or members of parliament.
‘We do believe in light of everything we have heard on your behalf, that you are somebody who is very unlikely to be in the dock of the criminal courts again.’