Newbury MP Richard Benyon lost his licence after being caught using mobile phone at wheel

The chairman of the Green Party in  West Berkshire has launched a fundraising page to buy a bicycle for a Tory MP who has been banned from driving after he was caught texting at the wheel.

Richard Benyon, who is MP for Newbury, has even donated £10 to the Go Fund Me page himself, reports  Newbury Today.

As an MP who has campaigned for road safety, highlighting a number of crashes on the busy A34 trunk route which runs through his constituency, he was accused of hypocrisy last month when he was banned from driving ifor six months under the totting-up procedure..

The fundraising page was set up by Steve Masters, who said:  "It is vital that Richard Benyon is able to carry on working and like his constituents he will clearly struggle after the cuts imposed in West Berkshire. 

To this end an eco-friendly bicycle seems to offer the best solution to this unfortunate situation."

He continued, " Losing one's license when it is central to your working life can be devastating for working people.

"Therefore any surplus monies raised above the cost of a secondhand bike from eBay will go to a local mental health charity here in Newbury.

"This will ensure people like Richard have the support they need when dealing with what must be a very stressful time."

To date, the campaign has raised £410 of its £1.000 target with any surplus going to local mental health charity Eight Bells.

Benyon, who lives in an Elizabethan country house on his family's Englefield Estate, described the fundraising campaign as "very funny" and that he had donated £10 given the charitable aspect.

The 67-year-old added that while he is serving his-month ban, he aims to use  “a combination of public transport, my wife, friends, my new bicycle and my feet” to get around his constituency.

Eight Bells for Mental Health is a charitable organisation which supports people affected by mental health issues in Berkshire. 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.