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Baroness Sharples admitted striking again at law-breaking cyclists

Baroness Sharples admitted striking again at law-breaking cyclists

Baroness Sharples admitted striking again at law-breaking cyclists

A 91-year-old baroness famous for striking a red-light-jumping cyclist has struck again.

Baroness Sharples hit the headlines in 2008 when she told the House of Lords she took a swing with her handbag at a law-breaking cyclist.

And she has now told the Lords that she has repeated the trick at a pedestrian crossing outside Parliament - and was cheered on by the cyclist's friends.

The Tory peer said: "Recently on the crossing here, I hit a cyclist on the back because he did not stop.

"His friends behind him shouted: 'Well done, why didn't you hit him harder?'"

Lady Sharples, who has been widowed three times, firstly when her husband Sir Richard Sharples, the governor of Bermuda was assassinated, has been a peer since 1973.

Lord Popat, answering for the Government at question time, described Lady Sharples as a "force of nature".

"We do need everyone to play their part to ensure that all road users and pedestrians respect each other," he said.

He told Lady Sharples: "If we had more people with your courage, the world would be a better place."

Labour's Lord Berkely added: "I wouldn't like to meet you on my bike on a dark night."

Tory Lord Blencathra, who uses a wheelchair, called for the police to crackdown on "the small minority of arrogant lycra louts who do sail through red traffic lights as though the law did not apply to them".

The peer said some cyclists "mowed down people on zebra crossings including some people in wheelchairs".

PA Media