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Alison McGovern MP welcomes WASPI campaigners to Parliament today
Activists calling for pension equality for women arrived at Parliament today for a demonstration to draw further to attention to their campaign.
THE WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) came along to meet with their MPs and discuss the injustice they have faced since the increase in their state pension age and the inadequate notification they received informing them of the changes. The changes affects women born in the 1950s and their plight has led to debates in the House of Commons but so far the government have failed to take action to correct the situation.
Speaking about their arrival at Parliament Wirral South MP and WASPI supporter Alison McGovern said: “I have been supporting this group of women since they started their campaign. I have heard their personal stories about the impact this had on their lives and finances. The government haven’t listened to them but the women will not give up. I really do hope that this demonstration leads to action for these women and their families.”
Adding: “I really enjoyed meeting the campaigners and showing my support during their lobby of MP’s today.”
The failure of the government to act has led to a public petition to parliament being launched by campaigners and Labour MP’s and an All-Party Political Group being set up for MP’s to come together and support the women affected.
Alison McGovern MP welcomes WASPI campaigners to Parliament today Activists calling for pension equality for women arrived at Parliament today for a demonstration to draw further to attention to their...
Last Thursday we witnessed one of the biggest political events in our lifetimes. The magnitude of the decision that voters had to make was massive.
It was the case that voters chose for the UK to leave the European Union. Over 17 million people voted to leave in the EU referendum whilst over 16 million voted to stay. Here in Wirral the majority of people voted to remain.
I was happy about the national 72% high turnout of voters. In the run up to the referendum I talked about how important it was for people to have their say in this historic vote as it will affect us for future generations to come.
As you will probably know I was campaigning to remain in the EU. I am a proud Briton who loves and is proud of this country and that is why I wanted the best for it. I believed that to remain was best for the country.
However one of those things I am hugely proud of about our country is our democratic track record and I respect the result.
My priorities now the result has taken place are my constituents and local businesses during this time of uncertainty in our economy and the changes and challenges ahead. I know that given the local result in Wirral that many will be fearful about the result.
I want to assure you that my priority is local people and local businesses as it always has been the case. I want to meet with people and businesses who may have concerns about this result in the coming weeks.
I want also to reassure you that I will continue to work for everyone in Wirral, however they voted in the referendum, whichever party they normally support.
Last Thursday we witnessed one of the biggest political events in our lifetimes. The magnitude of the decision that voters had to make was massive. It was the case that...
Usually for my weekly column I would write about what I have been doing in my constituency or what has been happening there. I would also usually write about the big political issues of the moment and give my view.
However for this week I want to pay tribute to my colleague and friend Jo Cox MP.
The whole country was shocked on Thursday following the news of what happened to Jo when she was carrying out her duties on behalf of her constituents and her shocking and untimely death led to the suspension of EU referendum campaigning.
Can I thank my constituents for the messages of comfort that they have sent to me over the last few days. The Labour Party are a political party but if you are a Labour member or activist you will know how much it feels like being part of a family and I know the Labour Party and Parliament will feel a massive sense of loss following Jo’s death.
This is why on Saturday I held a vigil for Jo in Liverpool for our Labour family on Merseyside and others to gather together who wanted to take some time out to reflect on the tragic events of last week and to pay tribute to Jo’s life.
Vigils were held around the country for Jo who represented Batley and Spen. Her constituency was where she born and grew up and poignantly where she spent her final moments and her constituency was visited by Jeremy Corbyn, David Cameron and The Speaker of the House of Commons who paid their tributes.
On Monday Parliament was recalled so MP’s could pay their tributes and I spoke about Jo’s work around women’s rights and her global outlook of looking after everybody around the world. Those closest to Jo have set up a fund in her memory with the proceeds going to charitable causes that Jo supported. www.gofundme.com/jocox.
This is a fitting tribute to Jo who wanted to use her life to help people around the world and improve their lives. Jo was a passionate humanitarian and a champion for the most vulnerable. They have lost a wonderful champion in Jo but I know they will be grateful for everything she did do on their behalf. She had so much more to give but we are thankful for everything she did do and we will continue to fight against the hatred and prejudice that took her away from us. I’d also like to pay tribute to the bravery of Bernard Kennedy who was injured in his attempts to save Jo.
Usually for my weekly column I would write about what I have been doing in my constituency or what has been happening there. I would also usually write about the...
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