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The correct way to refer to Lady Hermon

The article by your correspondent Lizzy Buchan (News, April 25), reporting the remark made by "Lady Sylvia Hermon", saying that abstaining Sinn Fein MPs should not be paid, contains a serious error.

According to the rules of etiquette clearly explained by Debrett, she should be correctly styled, as the widow of a life peer (Knight), Sylvia, Lady Hermon, or just Lady Hermon, and not Lady Sylvia Hermon, since the latter suggests that she is the daughter of an Earl.

Such an error would cause embarrassment at the Court of St James's.

CADOGAN WEST

Strangford, Co Down

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