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Video: Glasgow cyclist stops for a chat with Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader was campaigning in Scotland's largest city at the weekend ...

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 – 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.

> Jeremy Corbyn on his bike before Theresa May calls 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.

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 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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