3 October 2019 – today’s press releases

  • Jane Dodds: Politicians must right WASPI Injustice
  • Jane Dodds: Irish border plan designed to fail

Jane Dodds: Politicians must right WASPI Injustice

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has responded to the WASPI campaign’s defeat in the High Court, claiming it is the responsibility of politicians to right the injustice suffered by WASPI Women.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MP commented:

This ruling will undoubtedly be disappointing for all those women affected. Women who have campaigned tirelessly to reverse the unfair change to their pensions. My thoughts are with all these women today.

This ruling must remind us politicians that it is our responsibility to right the injustice suffered by WASPI women. We cannot expect judges to solve issues we have failed to fix.

I call on the UK Government to ensure that the WASPI women are properly compensated for the failure of government to properly notify them of changes to the state pension age.

Jane Dodds: Irish border plan designed to fail

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has rejected Boris Johnson’s proposal for the post-Brexit Irish border, calling it an unworkable proposal that is designed to fail.

Alliance Party Leader Naomi Long MEP has said the UK Government proposals to offer “two borders for four years” as an alternative to the backstop are “in no way serious.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MP commented:

Boris Johnson’s proposals for the Irish border are clearly unworkable because they are designed to be unworkable.

Johnson knows his proposals will be rejected by Parliament and by the EU. He is simply looking for an excuse to pursue the catastrophic no deal Brexit he really wants.

Welsh Liberal Democrats will oppose these damaging proposals that would threaten the Northern Irish peace process and impose a hard Brexit on the entire UK. We will continue to fight to give the people the final say and the opportunity to stop Brexit.

Naomi Long MEP added:

This proposal is in many ways the worst of both worlds, as we’ve gone from having no new borders to having two.

The idea the Assembly, which hasn’t sat for nearly three years, would be able to come back and take on the responsibility for an international treaty which is between heads of sovereign Governments, is a ludicrous proposition.

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5 Comments

  • nigel hunter 4th Oct '19 - 12:44pm

    Yes this plan is designed to fail. It is to blame the EU f.or any failure on the way to him getting is no deal thru.
    No deal then allows the Millionaire backers of the Tories to avoid declaring their overseas funds cos of the EU tax avoidance plans that will be coming into force in January

  • Martin Land 4th Oct '19 - 12:54pm

    How does the fully notified equalisation of pension ages constitute an injustice? The court was right in its judgement.

  • Elaine Woodard 4th Oct '19 - 7:14pm

    WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequality. But I think the two women who brought the case were actually supported by the Backto60 group not WASPI.

  • Richard Underhill. 4th Oct '19 - 7:21pm

    Jane Dodds: The campaigners are considering whether they can afford the legal costs of an appeal to a higher court. If they win they can expect to have their legal costs refunded. Some barristers will work for free (pro bono) others will take a risk.
    A chat with Gina Miller might help.

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