Labour's past isn't all that moral

Alan Ryan ("New Labour needs a moral compass", 7 February) tells us the Labour Party has been "always opposed" to capital punishment, that it is the "party of abortion law reform" and that it "decriminalised" homosexuality.

The Attlee government - despite five years with a massive majority - failed to abolish capital punishment. The 1967 Abortion Act was a private members' bill promoted by a Liberal, David Steel, to which the government declared an attitude of "benevolent neutrality". The decriminalisation of homosexuality resulted from a private members' bill initiated by a Tory, Humphry Berkeley.

How does one get to be professor of politics at Oxford University? Should Ofsted investigate declining standards?

Ian Birchall
London N9