Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today launched new proposals from the Conservative Party to tackle troublesome travellers in Hertfordshire in the run up to the Summer Solstice.

    A policy document entitled ?Common Sense on Travellers ? Listening to Britain? outlines a series of policy proposals for consultation with local councillors and police.

    Peter Lilley said: “Some, though not all, travellers create a chronic problem for the permanent residents of this area by trespassing and making other people?s lives a misery. As a result, the reputation of all travellers suffers.

    “Travellers? camps often result in damage to property, an increase in petty crime and create large amounts of rubbish and waste. Many of their children are not attending schools; but no parent should have the right to deprive their children of access to a good education.

    “It is time that someone stood up for the mainstream majority of middle England. Conservatives are consulting about legislation and planning guidance designed to ensure that local communities are not blighted every summer by irresponsible camps of unauthorised travellers. It is still a tortuous process to remove trespassers and they frequently leave behind a wake of destruction.

    “Conservatives reject the views of the politically correct liberal elite that a blind eye should be turned to minor crimes by many travellers just because of their alternative lifestyle. They may not have a permanent residents, but all travellers still have legal and moral obligations as members of the community.?