Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly embroiled in row over crash on M11 at Bishop's Stortford
Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly has been accused of causing an accident on the M11 at Bishop's Stortford.
The row blew up on Twitter after a poster with the handle @Asim08535742 posted a short video showing the 49-year-old Braintree MP and a damaged vehicle at junction 8.
He alleged that Mr Cleverly hit his car "while speeding and using his phone". He claimed the former Conservative party leadership contender accepted responsibility at the roadside but later denied liability.
The driver, named by the Daily Mirror as Asim Khan, accused Mr Cleverly of being dishonest.
The Evolve Politics website published a statement from Asim, which said: "On August 16 around 7.40pm I was going to Bishop's Stortford. As I was taking the exit lane of Bishop's Stortford on the M11, a car moved from the middle lane into the left lane in front of me.
"I was forced to move slightly into the hard shoulder as the car was about to hit me, and when I looked to the right I saw the driver was on his phone and he didn't see me.
"I then sped up to avoid the collision, and then all of a sudden the left passenger side of the car hit my driver's backside, causing damage to my new car."
A spokesman for Essex Police said that the force had not been called to the incident and it was not investigating.
Mr Cleverly has not responded to a request from the Indie to give his side of the story, but a Conservative party spokesman has reportedly told the media that the accident was a minor one and that the chairman's insurance company was now dealing with the claim.