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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:36 am on 28th May 2015.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) 9:36 am, 28th May 2015

The country was shocked by the death of Olive Cooke, who had been pursued by charity fundraisers. Vulnerable pensioners around the country are regularly and relentlessly being targeted not only by charity fundraisers but by criminal organisations, many operating from outside the UK. This causes great distress, not only to them but to their family and friends who are concerned about their welfare. I recognise that dealing with this effectively will require cross-departmental action. Will he put that to his colleagues and ensure an early statement on how we can stop this gross exploitation?