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Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington

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Listening To Local Pensioners In Parliament - Brake

October 12, 2005 3:06 PM

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, will welcome local pensioners to parliament today (12 October). Pensioners from across the country travelled to Westminster as part of the National Pensioners Convention lobby of Parliament.

Ahead of the event Tom Brake MP said:

"I am looking forward to meeting local pensioners who are coming to London as part of the mass lobby of parliament on Wednesday. Pensioners rightly feel let down by this Labour Government. They continue to suffer because of the unfair Council Tax and complex means-tests introduced by Gordon Brown.

"The Pensions Commission is due to report at the end of November so this is an excellent time to discuss all the issues that affect pensioners today. The National Pensioners Convention is pressing for a new Pensioners Charter. This provides a real challenge to all political parties. Many of the things they are calling for are things I fully support. And in Scotland it is Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Executive who are delivering free personal care and free public transport. I shall be listening carefully to all the proposals brought forward by my constituents.

"It is disappointing that eight years into a Labour administration pensioners feel so let down that they have to come all the way to Parliament to make their point. It is about time that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown started to listen to pensioners so that they are given the dignity and security they deserve in retirement."