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Campaigning for war widows


Last month a group of women from all across the country gathered in Parliament to campaign for justice.

The policy for war widows’ pensions has changed many times over the years, often for the better, but this has left a loophole that unfairly disadvantages 200-300 women.

In the past, women who were widowed and later remarried had to give up their compensation. This policy no longer applies and widows today are rightly able to keep their entitlement. However, nothing has been done to rectify the situation for those who were widowed between 1973 and 2005 and lost their compensation.

I attended their protest in Parliament and heard stories about the conflict they faced when being forced to choose between finding love again and having economic security.

The women I met with, including Jean from here in Bolton who lost her husband during the Falklands war, have been treated unfairly. I’m pleased to give their campaign my support and hope that MPs from across parties can help to get them justice.

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