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Letter: Lie of the land at Westminster

Sir: Reading through your front- page article 'Waldegrave defends the right to tell House lies' (9 March), I was reminded of a scene on 29 November, when Ian Paisley was ejected from the House of Commons after accusing Sir Patrick Mayhew of lying in connection with developments leading up to the Anglo-Irish peace talks that culminated in the Downing Street Declaration of 15 December.

Dr Paisley was thrown out on the grounds that he had broken a rule which stated that no MP was allowed to call another a liar - presumably, even if the accusation could be substantiated. In view of William Waldegrave's revelations, it is time this rule was removed.

Yours faithfully,


Twyford, Hampshire