"I hit cyclist," Baroness Sharples tells House of Lords

Second offence for the Baroness — but other Lords say she's to be congratulated

(Image credit: Chris Catchpole)

What seemed like a run-of-the-mill debate on cycle safety in the House of Lords took a bizarre twist last Thursday when Baroness Sharples bragged that she'd recently hit a cyclist — and her fellow Lords congratulated her.

It isn't the first such offence for the 91-year-old peer. In 2008 she made headlines after hitting a cyclist with her handbag after she saw him run a red light.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.