Boris Johnson offers an olive branch to WASPI women

Tory leadership favourite promised "to doing everything I possibly can to sorting out" the issue.

The front-runner to become the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, as seemingly indicated that he would look at changes to the state pension age that impact over-50’s women.

The popular favourite, who has been questioned over his character and political nuances, promised he would “commit to doing everything I possibly can to sorting out” the controversial issue.


Those affected by the policy change say they were given little notice and are now fearful of how they will support themselves and their families in retirement.

Mr Johnson says he was yet to be convinced by government forecasts about the costs and reasons behind the change, which will offer some hope to the many women who are actively campaining against the policy.

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The UK government insists the policy shift is about equalising the state penision age between men and women, but those affected argue they weren’t given enough time to prepare.

The UK Government claims that reversing the policy would cost up to £181bn, but this isn’t what women are asking the government to do – they want a form of compensation to reinburse them for their loses.

Mr Johnson said: “I have made several representations already on behalf of my own constituents who fall into this category.

“And I must say the answer I’ve got back from the Treasury is not yet satisfactory.

“But I will undertake – if I’m lucky enough to succeed in this campaign – to return to this issue with fresh vigour and new eyes and see what I can do to sort it out.

“Because I’m conscious it’s been going on for too long.”

When asked if he would take it upon himself to resolve the ongoing issue, Mr Johnson said: “I commit to doing everything I possibly can to sorting it out.

“But you know obviously the Treasury raise some stupefying sum that they say will be necessary to deal with it. I’m not convinced that’s necessarily true.

“Let’s see what we can do.”

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