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Labour MP Emily Thornberry hospitalised after cycling collision with taxi outside Parliament

No arrests made

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry was taken to hospital yesterday after a collision with a taxi outside the Houses of Parliament.

The Islington Gazette reports that the incident took place as she cycled around Parliament Square just after midday.

A police spokesperson confirmed they attended the scene and said no arrests were made.

“Police were called at approximately 12:10hrs on Friday, 19 July to Storeys Gate, SW1 following reports of a collision involving a car and cyclist.

"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. The female cyclist was taken to hospital for treatment. The driver stopped at the scene."

A spokesperson for Thornberry said: "Emily has now been discharged from hospital, and is hugely grateful for the support of the ambulance crew and A&E staff who helped her following her accident. She will be back to work and back on her bike as soon as possible."

In 2012, Conservative MP Theresa Villiers broke her collarbone while cycling to the Houses of Parliament in a fall that did not involve another vehicle.

Since then, cycling incidents involving MPs have mostly revolved around careless use of car doors.

In 2013, Margaret Hodge apologised to a cyclist she struck while opening her car door. Hodge accepted the incident was entirely her fault, but fortunately the cyclist was unharmed.

In 2016, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was caught on camera dooring a cyclist outside the Palace of Westminster.

'Car dooring' is a criminal offence. In the wake of the incident Grayling was strongly criticised by Cycling UK and the former chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, Ian Austin MP, for failing to provide the cyclist with his name or details.

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