Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


07 OCT 2019

Women's Pensions

Thank you for your email about transitional state pension arrangements for 1950s women.

I am afraid I do not sign any EDMs at all, as they have no effect whatsoever in Parliament and have been superseded by other Petition sites which are open to the public. EDMs give a misleading impression that action has been taken.

I am disappointed by the results of the judicial review into women's pension age and there is no doubting that this is a huge setback for the campaign.

Please be assured that the Liberal Democrats will continue to push for a fair resolution of this.

We believe there should be an immediate investigation by the Parliamentary Ombudsman into whether the failure of the Government to give sufficient written notice to women affected by the SPA changes constituted malpractice. If the Ombudsman finds that malpractice has occurred, it should recommend an appropriate level of compensation to be paid, which the party would endorse.

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