Hypocrisy claim over Cameron bike
Mr Cameron says he cannot carry document boxes on his bike
Conservative leader David Cameron has been attacked over his green agenda because he cycles to work – but then has his car follow with his briefcase.
Conservative officials say they have never made a secret of the arrangement.
They say Mr Cameron likes cycling but just cannot carry all his boxes of documents to work. They also stress he has opted for a less gas-guzzling car.
Labour’s Stephen Hepburn told the Daily Mirror it was “hypocrisy” showed he was “conning people about the environment”.
The environment has been high on the Tory agenda ahead of next week’s local elections, with the party using the slogan “vote blue, go green”.
Mr Cameron has been much-photographed cycling to Parliament on his mountain bike and plans to install a wind turbine in his home.
He has also said people need to walk or cycle on shorter journeys if they are serious about tackling climate change. But the Daily Mirror newspaper has published photographs of the MP’s driver taking his shoes and briefcase in a car following him to work.
Steven Hounsham, from campaign group Transport 2000, said: “It’s unbelievable. If there’s a good reason for making a car journey to transport shoes, a case and a shirt, then I’d like to hear it.”