On my bike: Tom Watson

We spoke to Author and former deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson about life in the saddle

Why do you cycle?

It started with a desire to lose weight and get fit, but now it’s just a way to get around town in a low-cost, pleasant way.

How far do you ride each week?

Depends on the weather, between a few miles and ten miles.

Which of your bikes is your favourite?

What a cycle-lover’s question! I’ve only got one bike (a Trek hybrid) but I’m hoping to upgrade this year.

What do you always take with you when cycling?

Panniers, lights, and a lock.

Who mends your punctures?

Usually the man in the shop. Sorry.

It’s raining: bike, public transport, or car?

Depends on my mood, though Jeremy Corbyn gives me great advice on the best cycling gear for all weathers.

Lycra or normal clothes?

Normal clothes.

If you had £100 to spend on cycling, what would you get?

I’ve lost so much weight that I desperately need some new waterproofs.

What’s your favourite cycle journey?

Anywhere on the pathways of the River Severn in the county of my birth, Worcestershire.

What single thing would most improve matters for UK cyclists?

Common engineering standards for UK cycling infrastructure.