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Former Sports Minister Kate Hoey cops £240 fine for ignoring traffic signal

Labour MP and former Minister for Sport Kate Hoey, who once launched a diatribe in a national newspaper against cyclists she described as “law-breaking Lycra Louts,” has been fined £240 – for illegally driving her car through a traffic signal while it was red.

Hoey, an MP since 1989, was stopped by police after driving her Mini through the red light on London’s Victoria Embankment on 3 July this year, reports BikeBiz.

The 67-year-old pleaded guilty by post to City of London Magistrates’ Court, which imposed the fine.

In a 2003 article for the Mail on Sunday, Hoey claimed that “The real menance on Britain's roads are selfish, aggressive, law-breaking and infuriatingly smug Lyrca Louts."

The original article no longer appears to be available on the Mail Online website, although it is referred to here.

According to a post at the time on the website CycleBanter.com, Hoey went on to say: "Lycra louts don't just break the law; they often do so in an aggressive and threatening manner.

"How many times have you seen a cyclist deliberately riding in the middle of the road, preventing any car passing and then screaming abuse at the poor driver who dares to try?

"Another trick of theirs is to slip through on the inside just as you try turning left, or flying by so near that they knock against the wing mirror."

The Belfast-born MP’s tirade was apparently triggered on an RAC survey that claimed that 50 per cent of cyclists in London ignored red lights.

A Traffic Note published in 2007 by Transport for London’s Road Network Performance & Research Team following observation of 7,502 cyclists at five locations in London found that 16 per cent ignored traffic signals – but 84 per cent obeyed them.

An opponent of the hunting ban introduced by her party when it was in power, Hoey, who is MP for distinctly non-rural Vauxhall in inner London, is chair of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, which has its offices in her constituency.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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I agree with her comments regarding lawless cyclist but ha ha got yah hypocrit. Pay the fine then go to the NON-TAX paying STARBUCKS to eat some HUMBLE PIE.

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Rouboy [91 posts] 2 years ago
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Probably claim the fine back on expenses??

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VeloPeo [303 posts] 2 years ago
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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 2 years ago
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what a twat ....

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

what a twat ....

Whats a TWAT?

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sm [382 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh dear. How to comment on this without appearing to be a smug lyrca lout? Damn, too late I fear!

As Nelson of The Simpsons would say, "Ha Ha!"

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jason.timothy.jones [294 posts] 2 years ago
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Now call me old fashioned, but I am of the opinion that any person in a position of authority should be held at a higher level or responsibility that the rest of the population, think of the corrupt Police Officer, or the pyromaniac Fireman, if they are found to be breaking the law, then the penalty or punishment should be greater than for the general population. This is just my opinion, agree with me or not, I don’t mind. This, in my opinion should also extend to our Elected Officials as well, especially when this official uses a national publication as a platform for a political agenda.

Now, what she is saying has some truth to it, there are cyclist that do break the law and as far as I am concerned, they should be held accountable for there actions. However what rely did amuse me was that this person, after using the anti cyclist, lycra lout platform, was this year caught running a red light, and according to the court report, the light was red for over 1 second before she went through. Now whats really annoying is that whilst the maximum penalty for this offence is £1000 and 6 points, she was fined £240, the report does not mention points.

http://jasontimothyjones.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/labour-mp-who-called-c...

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BBB [409 posts] 2 years ago
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Re: Guyz2010

It's pretty obvious from her comments, especially the language used, that her problem isn't lawless cyclists but cyclists in general.
She's no different from any other minority hating narrow minded idiot.

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belgravedave [268 posts] 2 years ago
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Hoey is to my great misfortune my MP. She is considered a joke by many of her own party members and the only reason she is still in parliament is because her seat is so safe.
Shame she wasn't drunk in charge then we could of got shot of her.

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Goldfever4 [221 posts] 2 years ago
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jason.timothy.jones wrote:

However what rely did amuse me was that this person, after using the anti cyclist, lycra lout platform, was this year caught running a red light, and according to the court report, the light was red for over 1 second before she went through. Now whats really annoying is that whilst the maximum penalty for this offence is £1000 and 6 points, she was fined £240, the report does not mention points.

http://jasontimothyjones.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/labour-mp-who-called-c...

I imagine that the penalty depends on the plea, she pleaded guilty therefore the punishment won't be as severe as otherwise?

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Initialised [307 posts] 2 years ago
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TBH I see more cars running red lights than cyclists.

How about getting some cameras up to charge stupid tax at every junction?

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jacknorell [966 posts] 2 years ago
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I would love to see more red light cameras in this country (are there any?).

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northstar [1108 posts] 2 years ago
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Guyz2010 wrote:

I agree with her comments regarding lawless cyclist but ha ha got yah hypocrit. Pay the fine then go to the NON-TAX paying STARBUCKS to eat some HUMBLE PIE.

Always one perhaps...

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a.jumper [846 posts] 2 years ago
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jacknorell wrote:

I would love to see more red light cameras in this country (are there any?).

I think so, as I'm sure I've seen signs for "Red Light Cameras" which is a great double entendre.

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jason.timothy.jones [294 posts] 2 years ago
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The origonal Mail on Sunday article is at the bottom of this blog http://jasontimothyjones.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/labour-mp-who-called-c...

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Edgeley [352 posts] 2 years ago
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Using her logic, all Mini drivers are wanton and selfish red light jumpers, who pay far less road tax than law abiding Jaguar drivers.

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antonio [1124 posts] 2 years ago
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Just love imagining that 'egg on face perplexed look'.

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eurotrash [88 posts] 2 years ago
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Funny, last time there was an article about some UKIP politician saying anti cyclist things, everyone was lining up to slag off UKIP. Yet when a Labour politician says similar things, the focus is on the individual rather than the party she stands for.  39

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Al__S [1033 posts] 2 years ago
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That's because anti-cycling nonsense is written into UKIP's manifestos. It is what passes for policy with them. That's not the case with Labour. UKIP are an institutionally anti-cyclist party (with the occasional pro-cyclist rebel) whislt Labour are largely neutral with substantial pro and anti cyclist sections.

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tourdelound [157 posts] 2 years ago
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Pot.......Kettle?  3

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Actium [38 posts] 2 years ago
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"...institutionally anti-cyclist..."

I love that turn of phrase  21

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GREGJONES [281 posts] 2 years ago
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240 pounds isn't a very large fine given the likelihood of someone being the killed or badly hurt.

I also can't bear cyclists going through red lights either. The problem is one of too few traffic traffic police, no one expects to get caught, solve that and there would be a whole lot less us and them attitude.

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Wolfshade [187 posts] 2 years ago
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To be fair, she might have been wearing lyrcra at the same time, and certainly as an MP is infuriatingly smug. Red light jumping is agressive and selfish so it ticks all the boxes...

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freespirit1 [226 posts] 2 years ago
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Kate Hoey in Lycra, what a horrible thought. You really need some therapy to think that!!

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Leodis [403 posts] 2 years ago
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She should be sacked and her pension withdrawn.

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Carl [137 posts] 2 years ago
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Wow...so this article has been eating away at the cycling community for 10 years and now she has a transgression it's triumphantly dug up and used as ammunition.

Karma is a bitch.

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jason.timothy.jones [294 posts] 2 years ago
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freespirit1 wrote:

Kate Hoey in Lycra, what a horrible thought. You really need some therapy to think that!!

I just had a little vomit come up

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 2 years ago
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As Oscar Wilde allegedly said about the death of Little Nell: it would take a heart of stone not to laugh  24

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deblemund [263 posts] 2 years ago
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Theobald's Road WC1 this morning: police pulled over a RLJ cyclist. Good - quite right too. While giving him a ticket, they ignored the bus taking up the entire ASL box.

The only surprise about this story is that the Police actually enforced road traffic laws against the driver of a motor vehicle instead of a cyclist.

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adriank999 [77 posts] 2 years ago
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Driving last night on a very busy road in South Glos I was amazed at the number of cyclists - assumed commuting at that time of night - without lights on parts of the road with poor street lighting, do they have a death wish?

You can buy perfectly good lights for £1 at the pound shop.

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