One of the things about older cars is the fact that they are old and therefore a bit grubby. This one was growing a bit of mould, well quite a bit to be honest. Out came the seats, carpets, soundproofing and foam so that they could experience the full cleansing treatment. Biological washing powder and pet cleaner seems to have got rid of the worst of it, smells almost pleasant in there now.
New pads and discs have been fitted front and rear. The handbrake mechanisms, linkages and cables have cleaned and adjusted. The result is that the car now stops, not especially well but probably about as good as a standard MGF can, it has Metro brakes after all!
So that should be about 70% of the MOT failure points dealt with.