London Mayor Boris Johnson condemns Addison Lee boss’s anti-cyclist outburst

13:13 21 April 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson was forced to distance himself from an anti-cyclist rant by the boss of Addison Lee mini cab firm – amid claims it donated to the conservative candidate’s election war chest.

John Griffin wrote in the company’s in-house magazine: “These cyclists are throwing themselves onto some of the most congested spaces in the world,” he wrote.

“They leap onto a vehicle which offers them no protection except a padded plastic hat.”

Mr Griffin added that motorists undergo extensive training and pay “extortionate amounts” in taxes to drive, so cyclists should “get trained and pay up”.

The remarks were condemned by Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle MP.

“Boris Johnson must immediately distance himself from the appalling remarks about cyclists made by Tory donor John Griffin who claims that London’s Mayor entirely endorses his view that cyclists are responsible for the numbers killed and injured on the roads,” she said.

“Cyclists in London are increasingly worried about the threat to their safety from the thousands of Addison Lee cars that John Griffin has ordered to illegally use the capital’s bus lanes.

“Considering this is a man who has given Boris Johnson’s campaign £25,000 in 2008, and a further £250,000 direct to the Tory party, there are real fears that the Mayor will not take the tough action needed to protect cyclists. “

A spokesman for the London Mayor said the comments were “unacceptable,” insisting no funds have been received for the campaign from Mr Griffin.

“John Griffin’s actions are irresponsible and unacceptable, and Boris Johnson does not agree with his comments on cycling.”

“(It has been) asked whether he has received any money from Addison Lee for his re-election campaign. The answer to that is no – in contrast of course to the money Ken Livingstone has received from Unite.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 17:39
Four people have been found guilty of murdering Dean Mayley in Greenford (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A gang of youths have been found guilty of murdering a young man with the mental age of nine after a knife-point mugging was caught on a graphic and shocking CCTV video.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:31
A horse pulling a funeral cortège like this one sadly dropped dead in Hornchurch [Photo by Dave Thompson/PA images]

A grieving family were further distressed when a horse pulling a relative’s hearse dropped dead during a funeral procession.

Read more

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 17:39
Four people have been found guilty of murdering Dean Mayley in Greenford (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A gang of youths have been found guilty of murdering a young man with the mental age of nine after a knife-point mugging was caught on a graphic and shocking CCTV video.

Yesterday, 11:31
A horse pulling a funeral cortège like this one sadly dropped dead in Hornchurch [Photo by Dave Thompson/PA images]

A grieving family were further distressed when a horse pulling a relative’s hearse dropped dead during a funeral procession.

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London Bloggers

Tue, 11:01
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.

Friday, August 22, 2014
It turns out painting is the perfect thing to do in bars

I’m somewhat of a casual, lazy and very much amateur painter and after a busy day at work, the prospect of getting all my brushes, acrylics, water and other faff out is far from appealing.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Will the relaxtion of the rules on phone use open the floodgates to selfie madness at The National Gallery (Picture via Getty)

Will the National Gallery become selfie central after it removes the ban on photography to avoid confusion over visitors using the new Wi-Fi?

Quizzes

I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more