Jeremy Corbyn tells Bradley Wiggins he might wear his Lycra in the House of Commons

Sir Bradley was interviewing the Labour leader for a special episode of the Today programme

Pete Apps
Tuesday 29 December 2015 12:11
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Jeremy Corbyn riding his bike around London
Jeremy Corbyn riding his bike around London

Jeremy Corbyn could one day wear his cycling Lycra in the House of Commons, he said in an interview with Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The Labour leader also said he takes his mind off politics by growing vegetables in his allotment and making jam.

Sir Bradley interviewed Mr Corbyn for an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, which was broadcast this morning.

Mr Corbyn discussed cycling and politics with Olympic Gold medallist and Tour De France champion – who complained about the “very intrusive media” that comes with the role.

He said: “I was thinking maybe I should just cycle in one day in my Lycra, go into Parliament in the chamber with my Lycra.”

Discussing how his life has changed since he became Labour leader, he said: “The downside of it is very intrusive media, it is different and very full-on.”

Mr Corbyn also rejected an analogy between politics and the winning mentality associated with sport. He said: ”I am not that competitive a person in that sense. I am much more of a community co-operative type of person.

“I never really thought I'd ever be appointed to any position so my aspiration, insofar as I had a personal aspiration, was to do my best to represent people and take up causes.”

Asked what he does to take his mind off politics he said: “Grow vegetables on my allotment, I enjoy doing that. I do some stuff at home - make jam, make cakes, I make bread.”

Sir Bradley is one of several celebrities who will take over the reins of Today over the holiday period.

He will also meet children inspired to start cycle racing by his victories, and interview Match of the Day presenter Gary Linekar about retiring from sport.

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