Lord Tebbit gives an unpleasant response to cycle ride invite

An invite to join the annual Parliamentary Bike Ride did not go down well with Lord Tebbit, who branded it a ‘foolish exhibition’

Lord Tebbit Gives An Unpleasant Response To Cycle Ride Invite

Lord Tebbit gave a slightly unpleasant response to an open invite to join the annual Parliamentary cycle ride in London on Wednesday, branding it a nuisance and a foolish exhibition . The terse letter from the 85-year-old stalwart Conservative was addressed to Ruth Cadbury, Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth.

>>> Chris Boardman pokes fun at British government s inadequate cycling strategy1

I was sorry to read in your recent circular of your proposal to increase peak hour traffic congestion in central London on Wednesday 8 June, Lord Tebbit wrote.

Not only is that a nuisance, but by increasing congestion it will increase pollution.

I suggest you cancel this foolish exhibition.

“On your bike” Tebbit objected to our invitation to join us on yesterdays annual Parliamentary bike ride pic.twitter.com/sQH00sSZ4d2

Ruth Cadbury MP (@RuthCadbury) June 9, 20163

Cadbury published the letter via Twitter on Thursday morning, saying On Your Bike Tebbit objected to our invitation to join us on yesterday s annual Parliamentary bike ride . Several Twitter users replied in dismay. Gerhard Weiss said: Classic reverse psychology to blame supposedly increased pollution on those who work for better conditions for cycling.

Mark Strong pointed out: Presumably he has same attitude to State Opening of Parliament? Causes lots more congestion.

@RuthCadbury4 classic reverse psychology to blame supposedly increased pollution on those who work for better conditions for cycling

Gerhard Weiss (@Gerhard_Weiss) June 9, 20165

@RuthCadbury Presumably he has same attitude to State Opening of Parliament? Causes lots more congestion @tonyberkeley167

Mark Strong (@ibikebrighton) June 9, 20168

Cadbury is a strong supporter of cycling, and is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG). As such, Cadbury has been a key player in applying political pressure to up the investment in cycling and walking in Britain.

References

  1. ^ >>> Chris Boardman pokes fun at British government s inadequate cycling strategy (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/sQH00sSZ4d (t.co)
  3. ^ June 9, 2016 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ @RuthCadbury (twitter.com)
  5. ^ June 9, 2016 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ @RuthCadbury (twitter.com)
  7. ^ @tonyberkeley1 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ June 9, 2016 (twitter.com)

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