May 2nd, 2013

Hodge Accused of Knocking Cyclist Off Bike ‘While on Mobile’

20130426-085348.jpg Forget the questions about her tax affairs, here’s one Margaret Hodge didn’t dodge. Labour’s holier-than-thou Public Accounts Committee chairman has been accused of knocking over a cyclist in her car, while opening the door, with her mobile in her hand. Hodge strongly denies being on the phone when the incident happened, though she confesses she did have her mobile in her hand. Mysteriously a witness video by local Tory  by-election candidate Paul Ayer confronting Hodge has been pulled from YouTube this morning and a local news site has been silenced. First Harriet Harman, now Hodge, what is it with Labour’s limousine class?

UPDATE: Tory MP Philip Davies tells Guido: “To avoid any confusion Margaret Hodge should make a statement and clear up exactly what happened.”


116 Comments

  1. 1
    Max Clifford says:

    Give me a call Madge I can get some mileage for you from this

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  2. 2
    Harriet Harperson says:

    You know where to find her.

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    • 8
      Casual Observer says:

      Speeding away in Dulwich Village?

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    • 47
      Old Blind Pugh says:

      So this Paul Ayer just happened to be there when the incident was supposed to have happened, already had his camera setup to take pictures of the said Hodge, “witness video by local Tory councillor Paul Ayer” not surprised that” has been pulled from YouTube this morning and her local paper has been silenced”

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    • 51
      Peter Grimes says:

      Laws, like taxes, are for the little people not for ZaNuLieBor royalty like Mad Harlot Harridan and Hodge the Dodge.

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    • 58
      I thought this site was about free speech says:

      Hodge, is about as unpleasant as you can get.

      An outrageous hypocrite re her select committee comments on tax avoidance of which she is a serial exponent herself, and worse than that she along with Brown more or less created the rules on this.

      But aside from that, her role in the cover up of the Islington children care homes saga means she’s lucky to be alive. Surely looking after vulnerable children is about as serious a charge as a public official could have, and she allowed some serious nasties to get away some horrendous abuse, might have been on party orders from the nutter Blair, but nonetheless Hodge blatantly obfuscated the truth her for which sites like this should never let her get away with.

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      • 105
        Will says:

        don’t worry her day will come I expect operation eliveden will get round to them. You can bet once they start arresting people over the welsh care homes, then a few will be quite willing to cut a plea deal and assist the plod with enquiries.

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  3. 3
    Glyn H says:

    Lady Hodge, please! Does she drive herself; goodness she’ll be doing her own shopping next. And I do hope you find that clip!

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  4. 4
    Upper Class Justice says:

    She is, of course, innocent until convicted and slapped on the wrist.

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    • 63
      Old Blind Pugh says:

      It’s like the excuse that drivers used to give many years ago after an accident “it wasn’t their fault because they had had a few drinks”

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    • 78
      Old Blind Pugh says:

      Quite a few years ago I watched a bus reversing into a side road so that he could turn round, in one hand was a mobile phone into which he was talking and listening. Where was this, near a RC secondary school where he had pick some of them up. I don’t think it was actually illegal then, but I could not believe my eyes.

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    Got a new Crayon says:

    “confesses she did have her mobile in her hand”

    So she admits she had just been using the phone at the wheel or was just about to use the phone at the wheel?
    Odds on porridge?

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    • 14
      Henry Brubaker says:

      Careless driving at a minimum, possibly dangerous driving.

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      • 16
        Lord Ahmed says:

        3 points on her licence and a band A fine

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        • 38
          T' Wit T'Woo says:

          Wrong. That’s what you get for being on the phone. She has progressed to the next phase of nearly killing someone while on the phone.

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          • The Theatre of the Law says:

            But you are assuming that her thrty seven witnesses will fail to show that she was phoning the police to report she was under attack from a right-wing suicide cyclist.

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          • D'Jango says:

            Surely her phone bill will record if she was actually on the phone? If the CPS/Plod can charge someone over allegations of something that happened in the 60’s they can get to the bottom of this one, its hardly Sherlock Holmes detective work?

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      • 31

        How could holding a phone be accidental?

        Wilful. It must be a Dangerous charge.

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      • 62
        the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

        propelling 1 ton of out of control metal down a busy street, attempted manslaughter surely ?

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        • 71
          Old Blind Pugh says:

          Or even speeding in a built up area and not the first offence at that, and “is that alcohol I smell on your breath sir”.

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    • 76
      No Nokias says:

      Could be worse if she was preparing to throw the phone. She would have had hurling lessons from Gordon.

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    • 79
      Yeah, right... says:

      Perhaps she was about to hurl it at the head of some hapless assistant who had said something she found not to her liking.

      Some Labour politicians do that.

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  6. 6
    Casual Observer says:

    Laws are for little people and cyclists, not Oppenheimers

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  7. 7
    Don't forget to vote says:

    It looks like you have photo-shopped that photo

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  8. 9
    Nomexcuses says:

    Jail her

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  9. 10
    Tiny Tom says:

    What a useless two-faced person she is. ( I’m being very polite today)

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  10. 12
    Steve Miliband says:

    She also didn’t avoid tax whilst having a Trust Fund in her hand.

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  11. 15

    Wan’t simply just holding the phone enough of a distraction whilst driving?

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    • 59
      William says:

      Obviously not in full control of the vehicle.

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    • 60
      Herman Van Aerial Disease says:

      Two possible outcomes, lesser conviction of undue care and attention or the worse case is dangerous driving which is harder to prove.

      My sister spent months in critical care due to a woman being distracted by her phone, she wasn’t even holding it, woman got 3 month ban and fine.

      Laws have been toughened since.

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  12. 20
    Tory voter says:

    I am sure that, in the fullness of time, when all is said and done and when you look into the matter fully and without shirking your civic duty, bearing in mind the circumstances, that holding that phone was utterly vital to Margaret Hodge’s safe driving of that car.

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    • 22
      Tory voter says:

      Perhaps the cyclist looked like Boris? In that case, it was his fault.

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    • 26
      Tory voter says:

      “I wouldn’t have answered the phone normally, but it was a friend calling me to look out for cyclists.”

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    • 75
      Anonymous says:

      Yes, it was a call vital to the security of the Nation.

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  13. 21
    Despicable says:

    Cameron should resign over the death of our three soldiers.

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  14. 23
    Tory voter says:

    Because we’d like our council finances to be as thoroughly screwed as our country’s were, last time Labour was in power.

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    • 107
      An unemployed lapdancer says:

      Have you voted yet for UKIP this morning, sir?

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      • 113
        block 2 broadmoor, banging head on padded wall in an X shape says:

        No – the bastards won’t even let me have a crayon and one hand out of my straight jacket!

        HELP!

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  15. 28
    Socialism = starvation says:

    If this is proven, It’s unlikely that her spouse would be in a position take the points as he is (a) deceased and (b) a former High Court judge, and (c) there is no scope for mistaken identity, and (d) no suggestion that she is a Hoohne.

    And why oh why could she not afford a hands-free kit, if this is proven?

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    • 46
      Noddy says:

      I have not got behind a car steering wheel in many a year now.

      It is just far too dangerous and not worth the trouble.

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      • 72
        Toad of T H says:

        Neither have I. Vroom, vroom!

        I’ve got used to wearing the washer woman’s clothes though.

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  16. 29
    WoRaft ChIHUAHua says:

    How dare a cyclist graze her carriage with their proley head. I expect the police will arrest him and confiscate all his/her computers and then interview him under the No Arguments Sonny Act which makes it an absolute strict liability offence to say anything unflattering about a politician, especially Margaret Hodge, on Twitter or Facebook.

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  17. 30
    young Shep says:

    The national debt can’t afford another Judge Sweeneys Casebook.

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  18. 33
    I'll get my coat says:

    Hve we heard from a Spokesman?

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  19. 34
    Timmytour says:

    Some old school Labour types are still obsessed with distancing themselves from the Thatcher Government with the likes of Norman Tebbut in it….

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    • 39
      Timmytour says:

      How could I forget there IS an I in Tebbit?????

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      • 68
        Ed Ewcashun says:

        There is no I in Labour Shuts either.

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      • 95
        Stop Me If You've Heard This One says:

        Overbearing football manager: “Just remember, there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’!”

        Narcissistic star striker: “But there are an ‘m’ and an ‘e’, so sod off, you idiotic prat!”

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      • 97
        Clinton says:

        It all depende on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.

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  20. 35
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    Whether she was or was not using the phone is irrelevant.

    She was on her bike and her hands should have been on the handlebars. She chose to have her phone in one hand thereby meaning she surrendered a large degree of control of her bike with sadly disastrous consequences .

    Police should arrest her if they have not already done so.

    If this was in Greater Manchester she would have been arrested at 8.00 a.m and charged and released by 6.00 p.m.

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  21. 40
    Postal Vote says:

    DHodgy!

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  22. 41
    Golly says:

    That Blears woman who thieved our taxpayer money is still walking the streets so I suppose the same procedure will apply with Hodge.

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  23. 43
    q says:

    it only takes a story like this to redirect the attention of the tory boys yet again from the disaster they are on the economy, social care and general nazism toward the population. as more disabled people die everyday from their callous and questionably legal actions against them. fuck the tories fuck the royals and fuck maggie

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    • 55
      Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

      What about those Labour twats who in 13 years had the higher-tax rate much lower than it is now?
      The ones who presided over the 1300 murders at the NHS Stafford hospital.
      The ones who allowed phone hacking while the Murdoch papers were supporting them.
      The ones who were in charge during the MP expenses scandal.
      The ones who screwed up the economy by spending far too much on the crappy public sector, so leading to the massive debt burden that the country is saddled with.
      The ones who encouraged bankers to take reckless risks and the same ones who are now wanting them to do it all over again.

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    • 106
      Ken Dodd's dad's dead dog says:

      If she has done wrong as Guido claims she should simply be carted off to the Police Station and charged .

      That she is a woman and a socialist has nothing to do with it.

      If you break the law you go to Court .

      It is as simple as that .

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  24. 45
    Father Hodge says:

    The phone was just resting in my hand.

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  25. 50
    Mr Whippy says:

    It’s a shame she didn’t call someone a pleb, then she’d be in serious trouble.

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  26. 56
    Islington waif says:

    Feck the cyclist. My arse is still sore from years of being buggered in an Islington kids home on Hodge’s watch . . .

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  27. 57
    Todger says:

    I bet this cyclist-crusher was a politician http://youtu.be/dNFaAqS2f18

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  28. 64
    Admiral Ackbar says:

    May I suggest you get out the crosshairs for this one, Guido.

    Big fucking ones!

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    No shit Sherlock says:

    All sounds a bit odd.

    She just happens to drive into a cyclist while on the phone while a Tory is on hand to video it. The Tory then puts the video on t’internet just long enough for other Tories to see it and then promptly pulls it.

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  31. 69
    Vicky Pryce says:

    I’ll take the points for her!

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  32. 70
    Rabbi Simon ben Yohai says:

    Even the best of the gentiles should all be killed.

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  33. 74
    Ron Barras says:

    A simple check of phone records will do the trick.

    But why was she holding the phone instead of having both hands on the wheel?

    This smells very bad and a cover-up will be the end of her. Just like Chris Huhne.

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  34. 83
    Popcorn time says:

    Fuck, I wish someone had made a duplicate of the video to upload!!!

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  35. 84
    ANNE HAYWOOD says:

    Dreadful woman,I feel a blistering rage at her rank hypocrisy and lack of self when ever I see or read about her loathsome character.

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  36. 85
    Popcorn time says:

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    • 91
      HM Her Majesty says:

      Charles, I do wish you would keep your polticial opinions a little closer to your chest.

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  37. 86
    geordieboy says:

    After Jaqui Smith’s £110k fiddle and still on the loose bet Hodge gets away with it.

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  38. 87
    It's a knockout says:

    Crikey. Stuart Hall admits 14 offences against Children.

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  39. 89
    Meanwhile says:

    Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?

    Cos they are sick of them too.

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  40. 90
    Real world says:

    She would expect her financial trust to take 90% of her ‘points’ for her.

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  41. 98
    Dear Operation YouTree says:

    I feel I need to come forward and confront a terrible event in my past. I have kept quiet all these years because I had convinced myself it was somehow my fault, or that I had brought this on myself. But now I know that I need to speak out to prevent it happening to others. Although it is decades after the event, I am told there may be some closure for me, and indeed some tabloid money.

    So here goes….. for 13 years, between 1997 and 2010 I was r4ped by Gordmong Brown in my pension pot (that is not a euphemism). It has left me traumatised and unable to live a normal life. He also made me pay for fire control centres and NHS computer systems that also abused my trust.

    I feel humiliated and degraded. I also know from my good friend, who was always with me, Ms U K Economy that he fucke.d her badly, in every orifice and at every given opportunity, all without her consent.

    Please can you fix it for me to have my day in court, be on the front page of the Current Bun , with £60k in crisp tenners for the serialisation of my book “Gordmong stole my Self Esteem” and a J1m’ll Fix it badge… erm… erm maybe not that last bit.

    (Hope that “fixed it” 4 the modbots!)

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  42. 102
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Driving along in my automobile,
    Mobile phone in my hand at the wheel,
    Try to dodge what people saw,
    Cover my tracks again once more.

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    • 115
      Fuck Berry says:

      Driving along in my automobile
      Im a tax dodging, abuse covering hypocritical grandstanding clown.

      Perhaps the lyrics need some work but Im on he right lines.

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  43. 104
    Anonymous says:

    She could do with giving Max Clifford a call. Oh wait . . .

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    Asking for a friend says:

    Thinking hypothetically here, if someone was found to have engineered or partook in a cover up of child abuse would that not render them liable to a prosecution for attempting to pervert the course of justice or even aiding and abbetting the assaults themselves ?

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Owen Jones says:

We also need Zil lanes.


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