Labour MP's anger after London cyclist leaves him bruised
Toby Perkins says he was left with "massive bruises" - but author Owen Jones defends capital's cyclists
A Labour MP has spoken of his anger after being left with “massive bruises” when he was hit by a cyclist in Central London.
Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield and shadow minister for small and medium-sized enterprises, was heading to yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions at the time.
Got to love those London cyclists. Just been knocked off my feet by cyclist overtaking static traffic at lights. We had words.— Toby Perkins MP (@tobyperkinsmp) June 18, 2014
It is unclear whether the cyclist was riding through a red light at the time, or whether Mr Perkins was crossing at a green pedestrian signal, although from a subsequent exchange, the implication is that the rider ignored a traffic signal.
Political commentator Owen Jones, author of the books Chavs and The Establishment, leapt to the defence of the capital’s bike riders, and received a reply from the MP which suggested the cyclist had ridden through a red light:
@OwenJones84 Appreciate that. Cyclists are often victims of dangerous driving, but so many I see will do anything to prevent having to stop.— Toby Perkins MP (@tobyperkinsmp) June 18, 2014
In November 2012, Mr Perkins announced he was supporting the road safety charity Brake's Go 20 campaign, aimed at making the roads safer for cyclists - and pedestrians.