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David Mellor faces ban from black cabs over tirade

By Alan Jones and Aine Fox

Taxi drivers are to consider refusing to allow former Cabinet minister David Mellor into their cabs after he was recorded launching an expletive-ridden tirade.

Mr Mellor called a driver a "sweaty, stupid little s***" during a row about the route he wanted to take following a visit to Buckingham Palace with his partner, VisitEngland chairman Viscountess Penelope Cobham, who had just been awarded a CBE by Prince Charles.

Mr Mellor was heard in a mobile phone recording given to The Sun. He told the paper the driver had provoked him.

"Once I had lost my temper, which I regret, he then secretly recorded me. I will leave the public to judge his actions."

The paper reported that Mr Mellor accused the driver of not taking the quickest route to their east London destination in rush hour. He also said: "You've been driving a cab for 10 years, I've been in the Cabinet, I'm an award-winning broadcaster, I'm a Queen's Counsel. You think that your experiences are anything compared to mine?"

The London taxi branch of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said it will consider a formal boycott of the former Tory minister. "His sneering and snobbish verbal assault says it all about the elite that run this country and their attitude towards the working classes that they expect to transport them," said general secretary Mick Cash.

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