Thomson Slams NE Tory MPs for Voting to Scrap Pension Triple Lock

Thomson Slams NE Tory MPs for Voting to Scrap Pension Triple Lock

Published date : 19 November, 2021

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has slammed the North-east’s remaining Tory MPs for failing to vote against the scrapping of the triple lock. 

Douglas Ross, Andrew Bowie and David Duguid all voted in favour of the proposal, which is set to leave over one million pensioners in Scotland £520 worse off next year, and a cumulative £2600 worse off over the next five years.  

Research from the House of Commons Library, conducted in June, revealed UK pensions are the least generous in North-west Europe by comparison to the average wage.  

UK pensioners currently receive around a quarter (28%) of the average working wage whilst pensioners in Luxembourg and Austria receive 90%. 

Commenting, Gordon MP Richard Thomson said: 

“Yet again, the North-east’s remaining Tory MPs have failed to grow a backbone and stand up to Boris Johnson.  

“Each of these MPs have voted in favour of taking money away from pensioners in their constituency and should hang their head in shame.  They cannot be unaware of the strength of feeling among their own constituents if my own inbox is any indication.  Even the unelected House of Lords managed to vote against this measure and demand the UK Government have a rethink. 

"The UK currently has the least generous pensions in North-west Europe, and this decision will only make that even worse.  

“I don’t think anyone is in any doubt that if we had control over such matters in Scotland, we would not be voting to make our own pensioners poorer.  The Scottish Parliament should have full powers over these and other matters.” 

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