Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    A Leaflet circulated by Liberal Democrats makes the wholly unfounded
    assertion that Peter Lilley “cut the income of local Post Offices”.

    This is the opposite of the truth.

    The enclosed letter from the General Secretary of the Federation of
    SubPostmasters to Peter Lilley says: “We were and remain extremely
    grateful to you for listening to us and acting in a way which gave hope and
    promise to the nation‘s Subpostmasters.

    “As you know we are non-party political and only wish to set the record
    straight. We believe you went the extra mile for Subpostmasters,
    regrettably with the change in administration, the threat of Automatic
    Credit Transfer returned with a vengeance.”

    On 18th April Peter Lilley asked Mr Edelston, the Liberal Democrat candidate
    concerned, to withdraw his false accusation. He has decided to leave the
    lie uncorrected until after the election.

    Peter Lilley said: “In the past I have found local politicians to be honest
    and willing to admit mistakes. This is the first time I have met such
    shameless dishonesty. It may reflect the advice given to Liberal
    candidates by their central party machine to “be wicked, act shamelessly…”
    which was exposed by the Daily Mirror last week.

    “I am sure electors will treat a party which has contempt for the truth with
    the contempt which it deserves.”