Labour Candidate Tells Porkie Pies to Pupils

- Monday, 4th June 2001

Peter Lilley

Conservative Campaign HQ, 1 Place Farm

Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8SB

Tel: 01582 834344 Fax: 01582 834884



Labour Candidate Tells Porkie Pies to Pupils

Labour Candidate, Alan Amos, was caught out telling "amazing porkie pies" to

pupils at Hitchin Boys School during a debate with other candidates. He

claimed that "Labour is opposed to building on the Green Belt between

Hitchin and Stevenage".

Peter Lilley described this as "a breathtaking falsehood which I hope is the

result of shere ignorance by a candidate who does not live here, rather than

deliberate dishonesty.

"Everyone knows that the plan to build 10,000 houses was steamrollered

through Hertfordshire County Council by an alliance of Labour and LibDems.

It was then endorsed by John Prescott. Moreover, Prescott has repeatedly

rejected my requests to re-open his decision and apply new planning

procedures to find alternative sites for these houses. Only the

Conservatives are opposed to this plan."

The Liberal Candidate, agreeing with Peter Lilley?s account, acknowledged

that LibDem County Councillors supported the plan.

Peter Lilley said: "None of the pupils was of voting age so Mr Amos?s

porkie pies would not even win him votes. As it was, many of the pupils

were better informed than he was. So they were amazed at his palpably false


"The whole purpose of the debate was to counter cynicism about politics

among young people. I fear that hearing the candidate for a major party

taking such liberties with the truth may actually make them more cynical."


Published and promoted by G E Mitchell on behalf of Peter Lilley both of 1

Place Farm, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8SB



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