Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer involved in road collision with cyclist 

The Leader of the Opposition has spoken with police and the rider after the incident 

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Leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer was involved in a road collision with a cyclist, who needed hospital treatment after the incident.  

The crash happened in the Kentish Town area of north London on Sunday (October 25) as the Leader of the Opposition was driving his car. The collision with the cyclist happened at around midday.

A spokesperson for Starmer has confirmed he was involved in a collision and that he waited for an ambulance to arrive, before reporting the incident at a police station later the same day. 

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it was called by London Ambulance Service to a collision involving a cyclist and a motorist at around 12.20pm on Sunday. 

According to the (opens in new tab) BBC, the force said: “The driver of the car had stopped at the scene and exchanged details with the cyclist but had left before officers arrived.”

A spokesperson for Starmer said: “Keir was involved in a minor road traffic accident on Sunday.

"He spoke to a British Transport Police officer who attended the scene and swapped details with the officer and the other individual involved."

"Since the incident, Keir has also been in touch with the other individual involved."

Police added that the driver has not been arrested nor interviewed under caution.

The male cyclist suffered a minor injury to his arm and was taken to hospital as a precaution.  

In December last year, Starmer and the Labour party unveiled plans to make England “one of the safest cycling and walking-friendly places in the world.” 

The proposals included building 5,000km of cycleways, creating cycling and walking routes to primary schools, and offering financial incentives for people buying bikes and e-bikes.  

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.