It can be hard – if not downright impossible – for ordinary voters to have a one-to-on chat with a party leader during the current general election campaign.
But that’s what one cyclist managed when he happened upon Jeremy Corbyn in a queue of traffic during the Labour leader’s visit to Glasgow on Sunday.
What’s more, the rider had a helmetcam, so was able to record their brief exchange.
Pulling alongside the vehicle the politician was riding in, the cyclist gave a thumbs-up and said, “Wish you all the luck, Mr Corbyn!”
The Islington North candidate rolled the window down, the rider repeating, “Wish you all the success, Mr Corbyn!
“I hope you become our next Prime Minister.”
“Thanks very much,” replied Corbyn, while onlookers started shouting out his name and cheering.
As the politician waved back at them, the cyclist said: “I think you handle yourself fantastic.
“They should advertise that you’re coming more.”
As the lights changed and the car Corbyn was in drove off, the cyclist added: “See you later – take care!”
The exchange took place outside Glasgow's Clutha Bar, where nine people died when a police helicopter crashed in November 2013.
Corbyn himself is a keen cyclist and we’ve featured him in a number of stories here on road.cc – most recently when he stopped off at a café on an Easter Sunday ride just before Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap general election.
While he won’t have had much opportunity for cycling after hitting the campaign trail, the Islington North candidate did manage to take some time out on Saturday to watch his local club, Arsenal, beat Chelsea at Wembley to win the FA Cup.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 27, 2017
With the Conservative lead over Labour in the polls continuing to narrow, he could be forgiven for taken Saturday’s victory by underdogs in red against strong favourites in blue as an omen.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.