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Pensioners’ parliament

by Mary Brodbin
Issue No. 2206

Delegates began the conference with a march  (Pic: Roger Cox)

Delegates began the conference with a march (Pic: Roger Cox)

There was an extremely militant mood at this year’s Pensioners’ Parliament, held in Blackpool and organised by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC).

More than 1,000 delegates from pensioners’ groups and trade unions spoke of taking to the streets if there is as much as a whisper about bringing in a means test for the free bus passes that all people receive when they reach 60.

Already a lobby is being organised if the BBC persists in its refusal to allow an NPC representative on the Question Time panel.

The BBC insultingly claims the studio lights would be too hot for a senior citizen—although so far it doesn’t seem to have affected chairperson, David Dimbleby (aged 72).

But things will hot up for the demos on budget day and the annual pensioners’ lobby of parliament on 27 October.

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Tue 15 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2206
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