'˜I am Spartacus': MP presents petition on '˜unfair' changes to women's state pensions

East Worthing and Shoreham's MP has presented a petition calling for action to rectify '˜unfair' changes to state pensions for women.

Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 11:40 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:34 am
East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton presented signatures to the House of Commons calling for transitional relief for women born in the 1950s affected by changes to the state pension age (photo submitted). SUS-161210-103600001

Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) have been campaigning for fair transitional relief for women born in the 1950s, and Tim Loughton was one of many MPs to present signatures to the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday October 11).

He has encouraged supporters of the WASPI campaign in his constituency to join him at his regular street surgery on Saturday morning, where they successfully collected hundreds of signatures.

Mr Loughton said: “It was a pleasure to present a petition on behalf of the residents of East Worthing and Shoreham in support of the WASPI women. There was a fantastic spectacle in House of Commons as members of all parties present over 90 petitions on behalf of WASPI campaign from around the country.

“I hope the sheer number of MPs involved and strength of feeling we have shown today with this collective, cross-party action, including many Conservative MPs, will finally encourage the Government to get real about this issue, get around the table and properly address the concerns of women up and down this country, who have worked hard their entire lives and face an unfair and worryingly uncertain future at present.

“The Government have not properly engaged in this issue and the WASPI women, some of them in real dire straits, deserve to have their case heard and for the Government to listen and deliver on its promise to build a country that work for everyone.”

To the general amusement of Commons he told fellow MPs: “I am Spartacus, and I too rise to present this petition on behalf of the residents of East Worthing and Shoreham in the same terms as that of the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South, with hundreds of signatures collected in just two hours at Shoreham farmers’ market last Saturday morning.”

For more information visit WASPI’s website.

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