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Riding conservatively

Tony Blair riding a bike in Amsterdam in 1997

Ever since intellectuals like HG Wells and Bernard Shaw, cycling has been associated with the socialist left. George Orwell wrote of the spinster riding to evensong - later referred to by John Major.

John Prescott

Since 1997, Labour has introduced the 43.5m National Cycle Network. John Prescott, often called 'two Jags', oversaw transport reforms that were meant to double cycling journeys by 2010.

Norman Tebbit giving the speech at the 1981 party conference

To many, bikes represented poverty. Norman Tebbit, a minister under Margaret Thatcher, was famously misquoted as telling the unemployed to get "on yer bike" and look for work.

David Cameron

But Conservative MPs are shifting away from the chauffeur-driven car and onto the bike. Conservative leader David Cameron apologised after cycling the wrong way up a one-way street...

Boris Johnson

...and Boris Johnson wrote in 2006: When Cameron's Conservatives come to power it will be a golden age for cyclists and an Elysium of cycle lanes, bike racks, and sharia law for bike thieves."

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008, 10:01 GMT |  Politics


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