As a nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to the WASPI women, and these women need justice. The Conservative government has betrayed the WASPI women. Under the Tories women born in the 1950s have been pushed into poverty due to the increase in state pension age without due notification.
Labour has recognised the injustices these women face and has planned to take action and compensate the nearly four million women, of which 8000 live in Plymouth. Luke has continuously stood up for the WASPI women. Before being elected to Parliament, as a candidate, Luke signed the WASPI pledge. And after being Luke has worked tirelessly to see justice is served, here is a sample of Luke’s work:
• Luke Joined the APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women.
• He called out the Tories for not mentioning the WASPI women in the 2017 Queens speech.
• Luke signed EDM 63.
• He was present at the Westminster Hall debate.
• Luke spoke for justice for WASPI women at the 2017 Autumn Budget resolution.
• He spoke at the WASPI debate in the House of Commons.
• Luke hosted a public meeting for the WASPI women at Lipson Co-operative Academy.
• He spoke again in Parliament on the debate on the Equal Franchise Act.
• Luke interjected in a debate to stand up for Plymouth’s 8000 WASPI women.
• Luke supported the WASPI campaign when they went to Parliament in October 2019.
• And in his final speech before the 2019 General Election, Luke again called on the government to take action for WASPI women.
Luke Pollard running for re-election as MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
“As the son of a WASPI-woman, I know how crucial getting pension justice for women born in the 1950s is. The decision to accelerate the rise in the women’s state pension age has had a devastating impact on many women who were born in the 1950s. Some of whom are now facing hardship and poverty as a result. The 8,000 that live in Plymouth did not receive fair notification of the changes, and they deserve recognition for this injustice and transitional protections.
I am delighted that Labour has pledged to support the historic injustice enforced upon these women. What happened is wrong, and we are going to fix the problems made by the Conservative government. The next Labour Government will compensate these women and show them the respect they deserve.
I have consistently stood up for the WASPI women. If you re-elect me as your Member of Parliament, I will continue my fight to get the justice that these women deserve. Vote Luke, vote Labour.”
To see more of Labour’s pledge to the WASPI women, click here.