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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.

He tweeted:

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:

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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