I AM grateful to William Bishop (Times, Letters, June 6,

"Remember who left UK in a mess"

) for his concern over the state of my memory.

I can assure him that there is nothing to worry about. I remember well how, a decade ago, there was a global financial crisis which would have been a lot worse had it not been for the prompt and effective action taken by our Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

Regrettably, Mr Brown was not given the credit he deserved at that time, with the result that we had to endure the cruel imposition of a Tory-Lib Dem government whose aim was to fill the rich with good things, while at the same time sending the poor and vulnerable empty away.

Mr Bishop’s speculation as to the contents of the next Labour election manifesto are seriously wide of the mark.

What I expect to see in it are policies which promote equality, fairness, justice, peace and unity.

I hope Mr Bishop will also want to support these aims and he will join me at the next election in voting Labour.

David Martin

Bridge Street, Witham