We’ve all been there. You go for a quiet bike ride on the Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend with hardly a care in the world, then get back to work on the Tuesday and all hell breaks loose.
Well, that’s what’s happened to Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn today as Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election for 8 June.
Ahead of the news that sent shockwaves through Westminster this morning, the Hertfordshire Mercury reported that he stopped off in Ware on Sunday while on a cycling trip along the River Lea.
He was snapped in Café Frappé in the Hertfordshire town with its owner, Kader Mert, together with her partner, Cem.
Ms Mert revealed that she was already a Corbyn supporter, saying: "It was a surprise. I'm still in shock. He was very nice. I love him to bits – he is such a lovely person."
Labour can therefore count on at least one vote in Ware, but Hertford & Stortford. the constituency the town lies in, is almost certain to be staying blue.
The sitting MP, the Conservative Mark Prisk, has a solid majority of 21,509 – slightly more than Corbyn’s own 21,194 majority in Islington North.
And with six weeks of campaigning ahead, it’s unlikely Corbyn will have much of a chance for another pleasant Sunday afternoon bike ride for a while.
Simon joined road.cc 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.