Letter: In the name of equality

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Sir: Susan Thomas's letter (29 January) about the Halifax conversion makes me realise that my own complaint is minor by comparison. The problem in my own case is not sexism, but alphabetism. My partner can vote in the proposed Halifax conversion, but I cannot. My surname begins with G and hers with C. Only the first-named person in a joint mortgage is entitled to vote and to participate in any subsequent shares handout.

We have had a joint mortgage for the past eight years, and my share is over three times my partner's. I have been contributing far more to the Halifax's profits, but I am ignored. She happened to ask me what I was going to do about the conversion, after she'd received a letter from them one morning, but I was only able to ask, what letter?

MIKE GERRARD

Huntingdon

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