Simon MacMichael June 9 2017
The general election result has sent shockwaves through the British political establishment, producing a hung parliament that few predicted even as polling stations closed at 10pm last night, the exit polls that came out immediately afterwards giving the first hint of a dramatic night ahead.
Cycling may have received scant mention in most parties’ manifestoes – if at all – but we decided to take a look at the fate of some of the most pro (and, yes, anti) bike candidates who were seeking election.
The co-chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) were both re-elected – Labour’s Ruth Cadbury with a big majority in what had been the marginal seat of Brentford & Isleworth, and Conservative Alex Chalk who fought off the challenge of a resurgent Liberal Democrat vote in Cheltenham.
Other APPCG members also securing re-election included vice chairs Meg Hillier (Labour, Hackney South & Shoreditch) and Steve Brine (Conservative, Winchester), treasurer Dr Sarah Wollaston (Conservative, Totnes), patrons Ben Bradshaw (Labour, Exeter) and Ian Austin (Labour, Dudley North – with a majority of just 22), and officer Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East).
Two outgoing MPs noted for their anti-cycling policies lost their seats however.
One was David Burrowes, the Tory MP for Enfield, who made his opposition to the London borough’s Mini Holland scheme a central pillar of his campaign.
The other was Labour Stoke-on-Trent MP Rob Flello, who claimed earlier this year that levels of air pollution were increasing because road space was being given over to cyclists rather than cars due to the building of separated infrastructure.
ad and whose manifesto included a pledge to provide “Free bikes for everyone, to help combat obesity, traffic congestion and bike theft.”