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Webchat with Mhairi Black MP, Tuesday 12 January 11am-12pm

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BojanaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 08-Jan-16 17:36:15


We’re pleased to announce that the SNP’s Mhairi Black MP will be joining us at MNHQ on Tuesday 12th January between 11am and 12 midday. She’d particularly like to talk about the ‘Women Against State Pension Inequality’ campaign - see below for more details on that.

Mhairi Black is SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and is the current ‘Baby of the House’ - the youngest member of the House of Commons. After joining the SNP in 2011 Mhairi was elected at the age of 20 in the 2015 General Election, whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. Her maiden speech made headlines, partly for the rule-breaking applause which followed it.

In support of the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign, Mhairi secured a debate in the House of Commons on state pension age increases that some say discriminate against women born on or after 6th April 1951, calling the situation “grossly unfair”. The campaign is calling for the reversal of the decision to delay the retirement age for women born in 1953-1954 - you can read more about this here.

Please do join us on the day or leave a question here in advance - and as ever, please remember our Webchat Guidelines: one question per poster, and please do be polite.


AnthonyBlanche Tue 12-Jan-16 23:20:46

I thought her answers were very predictable and disappointing. Also I know that some women seem not have realised their state pension age was going up, but it has generally been known for many years that it would be. Perhaps the lesson is that people need to make more effort to educate themselves about pensions and other financial issues.

SonyaAtTheSamovar Wed 13-Jan-16 11:33:09

This campaign is not saying pension age should not go up.

It is specific.The notice for the particular group was tiny. It is about one age range being given not enough time to make alternative arrangements.

SonyaAtTheSamovar Wed 13-Jan-16 11:33:43

And they happen to be women.

RJnomore1 Wed 13-Jan-16 21:13:04

Just catching up with this, disappointed but not surprised to note Mairi did not choose to use the opportunity to distance herself from her previous sectarian comments, as she has to the very best of my knowledge and my google abilities at no point previously done so either.

WestCoastDreamin Thu 14-Jan-16 12:17:13

I was a bit disappointed to see the 'Scotland puts more in than it gets out' myth - most have abandoned that argument as it is so easily argued and economy is, by a far margin, the least attractive and persuasive argument for independence.

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