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Cyclists “longing” to be run down by cars, so they can film it, Tory peer claims

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Cyclists filming their journeys are “longing for” drivers to run them down, a Conservative peer has said.

Speaking during a debate over introducing fines for littering from car windows, Lord James of Blackheath unleashed a wide-ranging rant in which he railed against London cyclists and also proposed a clampdown on children “mooning” from vehicles.

During the session, Lord James said that London cyclists think they have “superior law and authority” over drivers.

He went on to say that “ludicrous” safety campaigns in the media are creating “a new and separate society in London where cyclists think they have a superior law and control over everybody in a motor car”.

“It’s going to lead to some catastrophic accidents very soon,” he added.

“I have had cyclists put their cycle up against the central reservation, not the line where the bus lane is , [and]stand in the middle of the road with a camera, and defy you to run them down while they photograph you doing it. That’s what they’re longing for.

“We need to have that sort of behaviour included in some exclusion because it is going to lead to their demise and our persecution, and it’s ridiculous.”

Following a spate of cyclist deaths in London, Lord James’s comments will look particularly ill-timed.

Tory Peer Lord James of Blackheath

The 75-year-old, who was given a life peerage by the Conservatives in 2006, also insisted that children who had exposed their bottoms at him and his wife while they were on their way to a rugby game in Twickenham should be dealt with under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

“My wife was totally horrified at the sight of the school buses coming down the road towards Twickenham full of children who were indulging in a pastime which I believe is called mooning,” Lord James said.

“The sight of some 40 children mooning simultaneously is not a pretty sight, my Lords.”

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