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Peers put their driving skills to the test

The driving skills of peers and MPs were put to the test as part of a unique challenge hosted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Former transport minister and London mayoral challenger Steven Norris flagged off contenders from the Houses of Parliament.

They had to drive a nine-mile route, from Westminster to Hendon’s Metropolitan Police College, as part of the event organised to mark the IAM’s 50th anniversary this year.

Although not a race, Peers and MPs taking part had to demonstrate that they could drive ‘in a safe, progressive style’. An IAM examiner was in each of the special liveried Volvo cars to ensure fair play.

On arrival at Hendon, drivers had to tackle a skidpan and a driving test theory before points were awarded.

At a Parliamentary reception, IAM president Nigel Mansell revealed that the MPs won with 203 points – beating the Lords by just one point.

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