YOUR correspondent Mr Simmons is spot on when he says the Labour Party has forgotten its principles, ideas and policies (SWA 1-5-14).

I would suggest the party Mr Simmons yearns for has long ceased to exist. The Labour Party is now the party of the Iraq and Afghan war, the first party to renege on its promise of a vote on the Lisbon Treaty and the party that gave us uncontrolled immigration.

When you think of the Labour Party forget Bevan and Benn remember Mandelson and Blair.

M. Ford Ringland Newport