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British Cycling raps MP Collins

15 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 15/06/17 11:05pm

British Cycling has labelled criticism from Damian Collins MP as “ill-informed”.

Collins told on Thursday that British Cycling chair Jonathan Browning must step down in the wake of the publication of a highly critical independent review into the culture within the organisation.

He added that British Cycling needed a complete overhaul and also called on UK Sport to abandon their backing of former British Cycling president Brian Cookson, who is seeking re-election as president of world cycling’s governing body, the UCI.

A British Cycling statement read: “Damian Collins MP’s criticisms of British Cycling are ill-informed and do not take account of the changes under way at the organisation.

MP Damian Collins wants the Chairman of British Cycling Jonathan Browning to go, and UK Sport to abandon their backing of UCI President Brian Cookson.

“In accordance with the requirements of the new Code for Sports Governance, and as we announced last week, a number of board members will be stepping down following the EGM in July when the National Council votes to approve board changes. Seventy per cent of the board will therefore change as a result.

“Change is very much in train at British Cycling. Damian Collins would be very welcome to come to the National Cycling Centre, whenever he would like, to understand and witness the transformation that is under way.”

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