Local Liberal Democrats forced to apologise over smear attempt on MP

- Wednesday, 19th June 2002


Following an attempt last month by Wheathampstead Liberal Democrats to smear Peter Lilley‘s record as Social Security Secretary, they have belatedly
apologised for making false allegations. In April, a Lib-Dem election
leaflet claimed that Mr. Lilley personally authorised a ‘cut in the income
of local Post Offices‘.

Peter Lilley said:

"I am glad that local Liberal Democrats were finally forced to admit their
allegation was not merely untrue but the reverse of the truth. This follows
a letter from the General Secretary of the Federation of Sub-Postmasters
which said that far from cutting postmasters incomes ‘Peter Lilley went the
extra mile for Sub-postmasters‘. Liberal Democrat assertions that I had
somehow ‘cut the income of local Post Offices‘ could not be further away
from the truth.

"I welcome the belated admission by Paul Edelston of the Wheathampstead
Liberal Democrats that his claim was ‘unfair‘, without foundation and that
he regrets his ‘choice of words‘ and has promised to apologise publicly.
However, it is a shame that he deliberately waited until after the election
(which he lost) before making his half hearted apology and that he still
tries to cloud it by raising different issues which were not even mentioned
in his pre-election leaflet.

"Mr. Edelston seems to belong to the Stephen Byers school of politician - in
which obfuscation takes a higher place than honesty. Even when caught out
they try to cover up. I am still awaiting the public apology which he
promised in a letter to me last month."



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