Letter: Legend of the burnt battle bus

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Sir: I was sorry to read in the article by Simon Edge on "by-election bruiser" Andy Ellis ("Mr Fix-it goes global", 17 December) the incorrect statement about Labour activists "burning the Liberal `battle bus' after the Newcastle-under-Lyme by-election in 1986".

The article continues: "The Liberals are said not to have complained too much because they knew they deserved it." The truth is that they could not complain, because it was not true.

When pushed, the Liberals had to admit that there was no evidence for this at all.


(Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lab)

House of Commons

London SW1