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Pensioners to put their views to Lib Dem leader

HARD-UP borough pensioners plan to give the Liberal Democrat leader a piece of their mind when he visits Solihull next week.

HARD-UP borough pensioners plan to give the Liberal Democrat leader a piece of their mind when he visits Solihull next week.

The Solihull Pensioners Convention will be holding a demonstration, complete with placards highlighting their fears, when Nick Clegg arrives for a whistle-stop tour on Thursday.

Josie Herbert, group chairman, said elderly people deserved "a fairer deal from the Government," who she said had supported banks financially but were overlooking some of the more vulnerable in society.

"Many pensioners are on the poverty line, even those who have been saving all their lives are struggling."

Some of the poignant messages they will show to Mr Clegg will include: "no more billions for bankers and peanuts for pensioners" and "bankers bailed, pensioners failed."

Speaking about Lib Dem policies, Josie said she hoped they were not just "idle promises". "He should promise us a better pension, ours is the lowest in Europe".

Josie who is almost 82, said older residents had become disillusioned by the main three parties and would not vote until they created "better policies" for pensioners.

"We are demanding pensions to be geared to average earnings.

"Also the price of fuel is going down but energy prices are not going down with them leaving many people wondering whether to heat or eat," she said.

Solihull's MP Lorely Burt said Mr Clegg's policies include "reinstating the earnings link for pensioners and helping with heating and insulation" which he will discuss at the meeting.

Almost 500 leaflets had been handed out and Josie hopes Solihull pensioners will turn up and support them on the day.

The open meeting with Mr Clegg will be held on November 20 at the John Palmer Hall, Christ Church, Union Road, from 1pm-3pm.

He will also be visiting Land Rover and Solihull Sixth Form College.

 

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