Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:01 pm on 19th July 2017.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2:01 pm, 19th July 2017

I do not know whether I am surprised any more by anything that the Labour party does, but it is disappointing. The reality is that we have an ageing population, just as every similar country does. We all have to respond to the facts, and the facts are that, as the population ages, and as life expectancy—and indeed healthy life expectancy—improves, it is necessary for the state pension age to reflect that. To deny that is just to deny common sense.