Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, spoke to Tourism students at North Herts College in Hitchin on Wednesday morning, 5th May. Peter Lilley was there at the invitation of Sarah Wren, a lecturer at the College and a local campaigner in Hitchin.

    Peter Lilley said: “I always enjoy hearing the views of young people in my constituency. So I was very pleased to accept Sarah Wren?s invitation to visit the college. I discussed a whole range of issues from the importance of young people exercising their vote, through the legalisation of cannabis to their experience of different ages at which people can drive, vote, marry, see adult rated films, and purchase alcohol here and in other countries they had visited.

    “We also discussed the government?s plans to start paying some young people to stay in school or college beyond 16 while at the same time imposing charges on those going on to university.

    “Many of the students were interested in proposals to expand Luton Airport as they may be interested in working for travel companies based there. I explained that I opposed government plans to expand the airport to the size of Gatwick because the local transport infrastructure could not cope with an extra 25 million passengers being disgorged onto Hertfordshire?s roads and railways. But I have not opposed all expansion at Luton airport so long as growth is offset by quieter planes and improvements to the transport infrastructure.

    “I found it a useful and constructive experience and hope that the students did, too.?