WASPI campaign

Last year I was contacted by several local women who had just discovered that the government had changed their retirement age without warning them. The impact on their lives was profound and disturbing.

The most shocking thing is that so many women had no idea that this was happening to them. Imagine planning for retirement for many years and then suddenly finding out that the government have extended the age you can claim state pensions by years.

So I contacted every woman in our constituency that I could find, using the electoral register, to inform them and get as much information as I could. I organised a local petition which became the very first petition I formally presented to the House of Commons.

I held a public meeting for those affected and invited the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords to come and speak and listen. Because so many government defeats and policy changes - like the tax credit reversal for disabled people - have been achieved in the Lords, I really want to get them involved.

The meetings have been charged, passionate, and full of energy to move forwards. I loved being around so many people who were looking to the future with determination and acting with such dignity despite the humiliation being heaped on them by government.

I was proud to support my Labour party colleagues at the debate on the 5th of July that once again debated the issues. I cannot understand the government’s recalcitrance to properly respond and take action to the gross injustices against this group of women. 

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