I WOULD like to respond to M Gilligan’s letter "Bus Pass Fee" (HAS, Aug 21) complaining they were charged £10 for a new bus pass – ouch!

For a start, you will recover the cost next time it’s used.

I would like to remind everyone who it was that gave us the bus pass, the heating allowance and the TV allowance – yes, the Labour Party.

So, don’t forget at the next election to vote Labour.

And, in the meantime, be like myself when you use your bus pass, which I do most days, to say thank you to Gordon Brown. Ouch!

Alderman Phil Stoddart, Ushaw Moor