Letters: Put people first

Gerard DeGroot (Opinion, 17 April) is plain wrong when he says we "are supposed to elect a party not a person".

We are supposed to elect an MP to represent our interests, not a party. The MPs we have elected in the past have too often been slaves to their parties, resulting in the dramatic devaluation of our democracy.

To restore the position, we need to elect open-minded people to represent us, regardless of their party affiliations. Attend the hustings meetings and choose somebody who appears to have an independent mind, not a closed one.

BRIAN D ALLINGHAM, Magdala Crescent, Edinburgh