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LISTEN: MP's Comments Over Cycle Helmets Upsets Pupils and Parents in Bridport

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7:16am 5th October 2012

Controversial comments made West Dorset's MP have been criticised by pupil’s parents at a Bridport School.

MP Oliver Letwin told 10 and 11 year olds at St Mary's Primary they should make their own decision when choosing to wear a cycle helmet and they should not be compulsory for children.

The local MP says children as young as 9 should be more responsible for their own safety.

Students had invited him to school to discuss their call for the law to be changed to make it compulsory when out riding their bikes.

He told the children he was against legislation, but preferred the idea of a poster campaign, to educate them to act more safely.

This parent who didn't want to be named told Wessex FM her son came home from School upset and confused over Mr Letwin's comments.


But West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin stands by his comments saying children should be more responsible and allowed to make their own decisions when setting off ont heir bikes.


Campaign groups 'The Child Brain Injury Trust' and 'Headway' have consistently campaigned for a change in the law.

The idea's also had support from British Olympic Gold Medallist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.

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