IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber


Ian Blackford MP has said the will of Parliament must be respected, as a vote calling on the UK government for pension equality receives cross-party support.

The SNP motion, calling on the government to improve transitional arrangements for women who have been adversely affected by the acceleration of the increase to the state pension age, received support from the DUP as well as some Conservative MPs.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“MPs who signed the petition supporting the WASPI campaign, but didn’t vote with the SNP in the Commons have duped the women who are fighting for the pension they are due.

“These women are guilty of nothing. They have had the misfortune of being female and being born in the 1950s and live under this UK government who refuses to do the right thing. This evening, a Tory MP showed just how out of touch they are by suggesting 65-year old women take up apprentices.

“We have long fought for the government to rectify this shambles and give the WASPI women the pension they  rightfully deserve. I speak on behalf of these benches when I say we will not rest until this injustice has been rectified.

“This is an issue of equality. The UK government must take responsibility and do the right thing for these women who are missing out on their pension.

“We welcome the support of the DUP and some Tory MPs, and now call on the government to finally take action. The sight of conservative rebels alongside DUP support puts real pressure on the government – this is one of the few votes where Tory rebels have actually gone through the lobbies against the government since the election.”