As regular readers of my column will know I have been supporting women born in the 1950’s who are campaigning for state pension equality.
There was a disappointing development for this campaign last week when the government voted down offering any assistance to these women.
The vote followed an opposition debate led by Labour MP Owen Smith in which I made two interventions.
I have personally met with local women from the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign and I have been struck by their determination and the strength of the campaign they have been leading.
In the debate I urged the government instead of continuously debating the issue to get on and do something about it.
There is cross party support for this issue and I don’t want to see it as party political. I do want to see justice and for the government to correct this injustice by making transitional state pension arrangements for those people who are affected.
If you want to show your support or if you are personally affected the petition can be signed here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776.
Although the vote was lost in the House of Commons I will carry on supporting the women who have been impacted.
That is why I will be holding another public meeting so women who live across the Wirral can come together and share their own experiences with Wirral’s politicians to discuss how we can keep the pressure on the government.
I have received a lot of correspondence over the last few months from women who are quite rightly frustrated and angry that nothing has been done to put the situation right and the lack of notification received to make them aware of what was happening.
I will be holding the next meeting on 11 March at Wallasey Town Hall between 2.30-3.30pm. If you want to come along please let my office know. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0151 645 6590.