MARK Bryce (letters, September 25) points out that Steve Pound is seen by him as a good local MP and that he will be voting Labour (new or otherwise) in next year's election.

Having had cause to write to Mr Pound on a couple of occasions, I too can say that he is working for local people, as I'm sure most Conservative and Lib-Dem MPs do as well.

Where Mr Bryce and I disagree is in his summing up of the two other party leaders, whom he has tried to rubbish.

I notice he does not mention Gordon Brown, the drop-jaw robber baron from Scotland who has seemingly pioneered charisma bypasses for politicians.

He would do well to remember the mistake Labour made in trying to play the class card in a northern election a while back, which misfired on them.

He should also note that the MP who has the most respect for his reading of the financial mess we are in is, in fact, the Lib-Dems' Vince Cable, who leaves the hapless pairing of Brown and Darling in his wake.

The global economic situation is not one that we are solely being hit by. The food that should have been hoarded in the larder in the autumn in case of famine was all squandered by the old Chancellor - now the new Prime Minister.

I must admit that I am being selfish here, but I hope that Mr Brown leads the Labour Party into the election so that the country, like me, can give their opinion of his messy tax regime.

Only a complete annihilation will convince him that he has been in the wrong since 1997.

PETER KING Fowlers Walk