He was a minister who helped to toughen up the law banning drivers from talking on a mobile phone.In the interests of fairness, I should point out that the statement that Byrne was left with his "reputation in tatters" is grossly inaccurate and misleading. As a minister in the current government, it should be abundantly clear to anyone that his reputation was already in tatters. Consider this recent video of Byrne in action, in his capacity as immigration minister (hat-tip: Sage King):
And he made his name in the Commons by claiming dangerous drivers were "serial potential killers" and campaigning for longer sentences.
But yesterday Liam Byrne was convicted of using his mobile while at the wheel - leaving him with a fine, a criminal record and a reputation in tatters.
See? After a performance like that, what reputation does he have left to be "in tatters"?