Letter: Lib Dem call to Fayed

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Sir: I hope that it is incorrect that Mohamed al-Fayed is planning to form his own Reform Party (report, 1 May) because I would regard such a step as politically foolish.

You describe him as being in favour of a Bill of Rights, a Freedom of Information Act, an elected second chamber and devolution for Scotland and Wales. Since those are all long-standing policies advocated by the Liberal Democrats, I would hope that he would support the Liberal Democrats rather than follow the ludicrous example of Sir James Goldsmith.

Lord Lester QC

House of Lords

London SW1