Jeremy Corbyn fan Tom Jordan has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to buy the Labour leader his dream bike - and he's smashed his £475 target

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received a bit of a bad rap in the Telegraph on Wednesday, when columnist Helena Horton questioned whether a Socialist leader should really covet an ‘expensive’ bike.

Corbyn’s dream bike, it turned out, was a £475 Raleigh Criterium – very much an entry level commuter bike, and one that is at the low end of the price spectrum.

Having been bemused by the criticism, Corbyn supporter Tom Jordan took to to try and raise the 475 quid needed to buy the politician his bike.

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“With Eric Pickles having spent half a million quid at the taxpayers expense, it seems that Jezza’s desire for eco-friendly transport at 1000th of that cost is not unreasonable,” Jordan wrote on the funding page.

“Especially because he would most likely buy it out of his own pocket, when considering he is the lowest expenses claimant in the commons. I propose we make his dreams come true, by crowd funding his bicycle in time for his birthday in May.

“I will stick a quid in and all we need is 474 other people to do the same, in order to put a smile on Jez’s face, but primarily it will really annoy the Telegraph, the Mail, the Sun, the Tories, UKIP ect. It will definitely be funny!”

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Quite a few people did ‘stick in a quid’ – over 1,000 people had donated by Thursday morning – with the project raising £2,256 in the process.

With the response a little swifter than expected, Jordan has suggested that the excess raised goes to a charity of Corbyn’s choice.

Let’s hope we see JezCo on his lovely new bike some time soon.

  • David Chadderton

    The over-subscription money will need to be used to convert the naked Raleigh Criterium into a usable commuter bike for the Labour Leader of course. Winter mudguards, two bottle cages and thermos bidons for hot tea, Dynamo hub for double front lamps to illuminate the dark north London lanes after the brilliance of Westminster and to ensure speeding motorists can see him approaching at high speed, twin steady red rear lamps to warn of the presence of the red leader, Dynamo to avoid reliance on those capitalist economy batteries, very expensive handlebar-mounted GPS to warn the rider before making any right turns and while taking too long to get out of the middle of the road, hands-free mobile communication and recording sound system to make on-the-ride Shadow Cabinet decisions and hold Tele-conferences with Party members, ability to phone-ahead to order fish and chip dinner for home, full set of wet weather clothing, full set of icey weather clothing, saddle bag to carry official documents, lunch box and piggy bank cash donations, full set of inner tubes, puncture repair kit, spare tyre, bicycle tools, long tyre levers for those roadside repairs due to Tory pot-holes and for leveraging reluctant Party members to vote his way, oh, and of course every item must be manufactured in the UK, none of those foreign items allowed. Hmmm, keep donating guys, this list ain’t even finished yet.

  • Paul Hanes

    He just need to declare it I think…. something the corrupt people in parliament do not do

  • Michael

    I doubt he can accept any bike or money collected in this way.

    There must be some House of Commons rules against gifts and so on.

    You can imagine how openly corrupt it would be otherwise (I’m sure there are back-handers and nefarious things occasionally regardless)

  • John Smith

    We need more of Jezza

  • wilsonjonathan

    It lives up to its alternative name “the Torygraph” quite well. :-/

  • wilsonjonathan

    Bloody socialists, grouping together to buy a bike for Jeremy Corbyn.
    How very dare the community have a spirit of collectivity. He should
    dodge his taxes and use offshore funds like that nice Mr Hameron, the
    porcine loving PM.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    The Telegraph even managed to take a potshot at Jeremy concerning Bowie’s death.

    I’m one of many who has renamed the Daily Telegraph as the Daily Toilet.

  • Alan Newman

    Exactly how we should respond to the kid of bile spewed by the Telegraph. Taking their criticism of him wanting a reasonably priced bike and turning it into something positive through fairly Socialist principles!