Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Department: Cabinet Office

Oral Answers to Questions

Alan Brown Excerpts
Wednesday 7th July 2021

(4 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Elizabeth Truss Portrait Elizabeth Truss
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First, I want to welcome the new hon. Member for Batley and Spen (Kim Leadbeater) and commend her for her dignity in standing up to intimidation during the campaign. I do agree with my right hon. Friend about the very divisive nature of the leaflet that she talks about. Politicians should not be stoking division: instead, we should be working together to unite and level up our country.

Alan Brown Portrait Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (SNP)
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Relative to the average working wage, the UK state pension is the worst in Europe. We have had the WASPI—Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign—women scandal, where the Government did not do anything, and now they are going to take £1.2 billion from the mineworkers’ pension scheme. This Government do not solve inequality; they add inequality, do they not? (902501)

Guy Opperman Portrait Guy Opperman
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I wholeheartedly reject the comment by the hon. Gentleman. The state pension has gone up dramatically under the triple lock—by £2,000 since 2010 —by the coalition and Conservative Governments. We have a system that is taking forward real change and making a real difference to state pensioners.