MOTORBIKERS have summoned MP Barry Sheerman to a meeting to explain his anti-biking comments.
The Huddersfield MP caused a storm in the motorbiking community last month after he called for people to try to stop their male relations from buying motorcycles.
Mr Sheerman also dubbed motorcyclists as ‘orphan makers’ and was caught giving wrong motorcycle casualty rates off the top of his head.
Last month he told The Examiner 650 bikers were killed every year but it was later revealed the actual figure for 2008 was 493, down from 588 the previous year.
The claims caused a storm in the motorcycle media with weekly newspaper Motorcycle News calling on bikers to ‘vote out’ the ‘bike hating zealot’.
Now the MP, who has been a long-time road safety campaigner, has agreed to meet with the Huddersfield Motorcycle Action Group (MAG).
MAG spokesman Mark Hewitt, said: “The figures he gave out originally were wrong.
We want to find out why he said what he said?
“MAG is a member of the same road safety committee as Mr Sheerman and we would expect him to have a more balanced view on road safety.”
The meeting is on Wednesday April 28 at the Field Head Hotel, Quarmby at 8pm.