Politics 16 November 2009 Stephen Byers to quit parliament . . . . . . but who cares? Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Stephen Byers, the former transport secretary and New Labour outrider, has announced he is to stand down as an MP at the next general election. I can think of only two responses: 1) Who cares? 2) Good riddance. Oh, wait . . . 3) Can anyone name a single thing that Stephen Byers has done, either as a backbencher or as a minister, to improve British public life? Sign up to the New Statesman newsletter and receive weekly updates from the team. › Britain's Israel lobby Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!