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Spectator Debate: Cyclists Are A Menace

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The Spectator debate: Cyclists are a menace

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Eco-friendly saviours of the planet or self-regarding maniacs who represent hazard to road safety? Cyclists divide opinion like Marmite. Don’t miss this chance to saddle up and have your say.

On Monday 30th November 2009, The Spectator is hosting another political debate chaired by Andrew Neil, at Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL between 6.00pm – 8.30pm.

Seating is limited so we would strongly recommend booking.


Speakers against the motion:

Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone has twice held the chief executive office in London local government: first as leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until 1986, and second as the first Mayor of London, a post he held from its creation in 2000 until 2008. He also served as Labour MP for Brent East between 1987 and 2001.

During his tenure, Ken Livingstone introduced a number of radical policies such as the Congestion Charge, an attempt to tackle London’s traffic problems, and other measures to promote the use of public transport, and the expansion of ‘social’ housing.

Andrew Gilligan
Andrew Gilligan is London editor of the Telegraph Media Group and a daily cyclist.

Andrew Gimson
Andrew Gimson is parliamentary sketch writer for the Daily Telegraph and author of Boris – The Rise of Boris Johnson (Pocket Books, £7.99), a groundbreaking study of the early life of the Mayor of London.

Speakers for the motion

Baroness Sharples
Born in 1923, Baroness Sharples joined the WAAF at 18 as a driver, obtaining an HGV licence driving an articulated lorry pulling aircraft wings and later driving staff cars for five years. She had an auto cycle during the War and a collapsible Moulton bicycle in London when her children were growing up. In 1973 she was made a Life Peer and sits on the Conservative benches, attending four days a week.

Stephen Pound
Steve was elected as MP for Ealing North in 1997. Before entering the Commons he was Area Housing Manager of Paddington Churches Housing Association. He has had a varied career including working as a seaman, bus conductor and hospital porter. As a mature student, he went to the London School of Economics and obtained a BSc (Econ) and spent a year as Student Union President.

David Thomas
David Thomas is only alive today because a bus driver braked in time, stopping inches short of his skull. He had fallen off his bicycle in the middle of Fulham Broadway. At the time, he was the youngest editor in the history of Punch magazine. Neither Punch nor the bike survived much longer. Today Thomas combines his work as a journalist, mostly for the Daily Mail, with a separate, pseudonymous career as Tom Cain, author of bestselling thrillers that have been translated into more than 20 languages. He lives in Sussex with his wife Clare and their three children.
This debate is being chaired by Andrew Neil.

Seating is limited so we strongly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

For overseas bookings please call +44 (0) 207 961 0044

RESERVE your place by calling The Spectator Events team on +44 (0) 207 961 0044 quoting the reference DEBATE3 or email