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Hell, I didn't vote for him... Nov. 20th, 2003 10:12 pm

I recently sent the following to Harry Cohen (Lab, Leyton and Wanstead) using www.faxyourMP.com, and received the reply included thereafter.

Stapled to his letter, and my email, was the email of another constituent on an entirely different matter, which seems indicative of the care taken...

To: Mr Harry Cohen
MP for Leyton and Wanstead
House Of Commons

Monday 17 November 2003

Dear Mr Harry Cohen,

I am writing to you to ask that you urgently withdraw your signature from EDM 1783. While I understand that you believe you are acting in the best interests of your constituents, the results of previous helmet-compulsion laws for cyclists show only one outcome; a reduction in cycling leading to increases in traffic and a decrease in public health, and no significant reduction in head injuries to remaining cyclists.

Rather than overload your in-tray by copying it here, I urge you to read my own full report on this subject at http://www.ukcycling.net/pages/?page=helmets - if you are unable to view this I would be glad to email or fax it to you, as well as the points raised by the CCN at:


Once more, I urge you to withdraw support from a measure which can only harm the area that means so much to both of us.

Many thanks,

Richard George


Reply (on headed notepaper with mugshot)

Dear Mr George

Thank you for your email (which I was unable to reply to electronically).

You ask that I withdraw my signature from EDM 1783 which favours a law to require helmets for 'cyclists'.

I note your point of view, but personally do not share it for safety reasons.

However, it does not seem likely that the government will change the law.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Cohen MP


Reply Ends

Suffice to say I'm less than impressed...


From: feanelwa
Date: November 20th, 2003 - 02:17 pm (Link)
Your work name is in that post, did you mean it to be?

Re: Heads-up

From: wechsler
Date: November 20th, 2003 - 02:19 pm (Link)
As I've stated on numerous occasions, it's not a secret.

Re: Heads-up

From: feanelwa
Date: November 20th, 2003 - 02:21 pm (Link)
It's just I've seen you edit it out on stuff in the past, so thought better to comment and find you did mean it to be there than to not comment in the event you didn't. No worries.

Re: Heads-up

From: ciphergoth
Date: November 20th, 2003 - 05:09 pm (Link)
*updates mental records also*
From: fluffymark
Date: November 20th, 2003 - 02:22 pm (Link)
I voted against him at the last election. But the rest of the muppets around here apparently like him. *boggles*
From: valkyriekaren
Date: November 20th, 2003 - 11:53 pm (Link)
What flavour is he?
From: olithered
Date: November 21st, 2003 - 02:29 am (Link)