Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, yesterday attacked Stephen Byers
    in the House of Commons for his costly mishandling of the Martin Sixsmith
    affair. It was announced this week that taxpayers? money will be used to
    pay off the Transport Secretary?s former media chief.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “Stephen Byers adds insult to injury. He refuses to say why he is using
    ?200,000 of taxpayers? money to pay off Martin Sixsmith. That money should
    have come from the Labour party. Taxpayers? money would be better spent on
    improving stations in Hitchin and Harpenden.

    “My constituents are concerned that rail services have got worse under
    Stephen Byers. He has lost the trust of those in the rail industry whom he
    and his Government appointed. Worse still, his suggestion that my
    constituents are not interested in integrity and honesty in politics is
    deeply insulting. They know that without integrity and honesty democratic
    government will not work. The Transport Secretary should resign.”