Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cameron Tells Tories to Hide Gas Guzzlers as He Cycles to Work- but a Car Follows Him Carrying His Shoes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cameron Tells Tories to Hide Gas Guzzlers as He Cycles to Work- but a Car Follows Him Carrying His Shoes

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Byline: PIPPA CRERAR

DAVID CAMERON'S "green revolution" was in disarray today after it emerged he cycled to work every day followed by his gas-guzzling official car.

The Tory leader was pictured pedalling off from his west London home on his bike but moments later his driver drew up at the house.

He picked up a briefcase, shirt and highly-polished shoes and then followed Mr Cameron on the fivemile journey to Westminster.

The revelation will be deeply embarrassing for the party, which has adopted the slogan "vote blue, get green" for next week's local elections. It threatens to undermine the Tory leader's green credentials and leave the party open to charges of hypocrisy.

Mr Cameron has criticised parents on the school run and called on people to walk or cycle short distances instead.

It comes as the Standard can reveal that leading Tories were advised to cover up their poor environmental credentials. A pager message sent to all 196 Tory MPs by Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin suggested those who drive powerful, polluting cars should avoid the main gates of Parliament.

It read: "Colleagues are reminded that there are of course two entrances/exits to the House of Commons. The New Palace Yard main gates and Black Rod's garden."

Senior Tories feared the sight of MP's arriving in Land Rovers, BMWs and Mercedes would undermine Mr Cameron's drive for greener transport earlier this week.

The Opposition leader has been criticised for choosing the Lexus GS450-H, which pumps out 186 grams of carbon per kilometre, when he could have selected a greener Prius. He claimed the Prius, which only emits 104g, was too small.

His claim that the Lexus is environmentally friendly as it switches between diesel and battery power has been rubbished by experts who insist it guzzles more gas than many conventional motors.

Senior aides justified his decision to be followed by the car, saying: "We've never made any secret of it.

David has always enjoyed cycling and if he could carry all of the boxes of documents for work on his bike then he would. …

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