The rusty-chained, budget hybrid bike at the centre of a political controversy in which Andrew Mitchell, Tory MP, allegedly called police officers plebs has been put on eBay for a charity auction – and has already secured bids in excess of £1,100.
The Reflex hybrid comes complete with sturdy pannier racks, a rear mudguard and wicker basket. Proceeds from the auction will be going to Nyumbani-UK, a charity providing care and support for children affected by HIV and Aids in Kenya.
Mitchell, a former international development secretary and chief whip, was at the centre of the ‘Plebgate’ controversy in September 2012, when police officers refused to let him exit Downing Street through the main gates. He allegedly swore at the officers and called them plebs, a claim he has always denied.
Mitchell announced his intention to put the bike up for auction in February, after becoming fed up with the attention it brought. Thieves had tried to steal it and tourists were stopping him to ask for photos of the bike.
Most Reflex hybrids are sold for less than £200. The auction ends on 2 May.