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SPECIAL NOTICE; We apologise for the late departure of Stephen Byers from Platform No 10. This was due to a signal failure to realise he was a useless little fibber who should have buried himself months ago.

Byline: JAMES HARDY, Political Editor

LYING Stephen Byers finally quit as Transport Secretary yesterday after arrogantly defying his critics for seven months.

Humbled at last, he admitted: "I know I have made mistakes. I have become a distraction. By remaining in office I damage the Government."

But the man with a long track record for bending the truth insisted: "People that know me best know I am not a liar."

Mr Byers's downfall began with his refusal to sack spin doctor Jo Moore for the notorious "good day to bury bad news" email on September 11.

He then misled MPs over the resignation of Martin Sixsmith. He was also accused of plotting Railtrack's downfall and going back on a promise not to compensate shareholders.

The last straw was a poll which gave him a record minus 49 approval rating. A friend said: "It left him shaken."
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