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UPDATE: MP Margaret Hodge promises to be ‘more careful’ after hitting cyclist when opening car door

PUBLISHED: 11:40 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:10 07 May 2013

Margaret Hodge MP claims she hit a cyclist with her the door of her parked car and was not dirving or on the phone when it happened

Margaret Hodge MP claims she hit a cyclist with her the door of her parked car and was not dirving or on the phone when it happened

Archant

Margaret Hodge admits to hitting a cyclist but denies driving while on the phone when it happened.

The Barking MP said in a statement this morning that she accidentally struck a cyclist with her car door as she got out of her Honda Prius, which she claims was parked with the engine switched off.

The statement was issued amid allegations on a political blog that she was using her mobile phone when she collided with the male cyclist, who is said to have been “unharmed” by the accident at around 6pm yesterday.

The Labour politician said it was her fault and claimed to have apologised “profusely” to the rider before shaking his hand.

She also admitted having her mobile in her hand as she left the car but was not using it at the time.

A spokesman for the MP, who is famous for her no-nonsense handling of corporate tax affairs in her role as chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “Mrs Hodge had parked her car and the engine was switched off.

“As she was getting out of the vehicle she struck a cyclist with the car door. She acknowledges that the accident was completely her fault and that she should have been more careful, which she will be in future.

“She apologised profusely to the cyclist, who was unharmed. They shook hands before he went on his way.

“Mrs Hodge had her mobile phone in her hand as she left the car but was not using it.”

It is claimed Margaret was going canvassing in Barking in preparation for the upcoming Longbridge Ward by-election when the incident occurred.

Accusations that Margaret had been on the phone when she struck the cyclist were reported by political blogger Guido Fawkes in an online article this morning.

He also claimed footage of Conservative candidate for the Longbridge Ward by-election, Paul Ayer, confronting Margaret over the incident was “mysteriously” taken down from video website YouTube.

Are you the cyclist who was struck by Margaret Hodge? Contact Freddy by email at freddy.mayhew@archant.co.uk or call 0208 477 3816.


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