Zac Goldsmith hit by his own car on way to by-election hustings

The politician was reportedly 'clipped' by a campaign volunteer who was driving his car

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Zac Goldsmith has reportedly been hit by his own car as he made his way to the final hustings of his by-election campaign.

The former Tory MP, who is standing as an independent candidate in the Richmond Park by-election, was "clipped" by a volunteer on his campaign who was driving his car, reports the Evening Standard.

Mr Goldsmith, who claimed he was not run over, is believed to have been mostly physically unharmed by the incident but ripped his trousers “and a little bit of skin”.

The collision meant the former London Mayor candidate was an hour late to the Richmond Society’s hustings in New Malden, south west London as he had to go home and change his trousers.

Apologising for his tardiness, Mr Goldsmith said: “I wasn’t going to come here before you with a trouser leg shredded and not looking very nice. I really had to go and present myself. I really do apologise for that.”

Mr Goldsmith triggered the by-election by stepping down as the Conservative MP for the area in October over his opposition to government plans for an expansion of Heathrow airport.

Residents of the area will head to the polls on Thursday.

A representative for Mr Goldsmith did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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