YOU report that Mo Mowlam "had to be protected from jeering and spitting Socialist Worker Party (SWP) members" at a "Labour Party welfare reform roadshow" in Brighton (22 February).

The chances are that most protesters were ordinary claimants rightly rabid at this April's cuts to lone parents on means-tested benefit - estimated total pounds 40m in the first year and set to rise steeply - which is the equivalent of refurbishing 60 houses in accordance with Lord Irvine's "extravagant lifestyle".

Nationally, the SWP has fewer than 10,000 members, mostly transient students, and its only real claim to fame is for being the UK's largest manufacturer of placards - most of which find their way into the hands of ordinary people protesting.

Russell Cavanagh