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Jeremy Corbyn pledges crowdfunded 'dream bike' cash to charity

Labour leader will treat himself to Raleigh Crtiterium for his birthday

Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn says he will give almost £6,000 donated by well-wishers to pay for his dream bike to charity – and will instead treat himself to the £475 Raleigh Criterium for his birthday in May.

The Labour Party leader was criticised by some elements of the press earlier this week after he said in an interview with Stylist magazine that he had his heart set on the bicycle – the most reasonably priced model in the Raleigh road bike range.

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More than 2,000 supporters of the Islington North MP have backed a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the bike, set up in part to “annoy the right wing press” and once the £475 target had been hit it was suggested that any surplus be donated to a charity of his choice.

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Asked by the Independent on Sunday whether he would buy the bike from the money raised online, he said: “Of course not. I'll give it to charity."

Instead Corbyn, who was said to have been “humbled” by the gesture, has said he will pay for the bicycle out of his own pocket.

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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